Speaker Rosemary Anderson, County of Santa Cruz Emergency Services Manager 2018-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Felicita "Cita" Rasul, Recruitment and Outreach Program Director at CASA(Court Appointed Special children Advocates) makes a great presentation at Rotary! 
CASA is looking for a few Bilingual (English-Spanish) good people to get training and volunteer to be Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in foster care homes from birth to 21.
CASA speaker Cita Rasul 2018-07-13 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarians at work! Ron Sekkel, Bill Holl, Patrizia Materassi, Cindy Schuette, Randy Klein and Bill Schuette in the back of picture.
Kim Shultz, Patrizia Materassi, Kelly Ann and John Hale, Ben Hicks, and Bill Holl— water melons were cold, sweet and juicy! Company a pleasure to work with!
Cynthia Sekkel and Kelly Ann Morgan. Kelly all the way from Florida helping at the booth!
Fourth of July Watermelon Cutting 2018-07-13 07:00:00Z 0

Human Race cheerleader/MC-Sunrise Rotarian Rod Caborn with Scott's Valley Rotarian-walker, Cindy Schuette shown here after the annual Human Race Walk. Cindy thanks the Scott's Valley Rotarians for their donations for the Tourette Association of America** and Volunteer Center being a Champion Team.  Cindy thanks you for your ongoing support.  

** The Tourette Association of  America ( Previously known as Tourette Syndrome Association of America) funds are used for education, awareness and advocacy.

Human Race Walk 2018-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
July 30 Speaker: JM Brown, Supervisor's Analyst, County of Santa Cruz 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Janet Janssen presented at the Rotary “On the Hood of the 1964 Thunderbird”- looking back at a funny event in her adolescence that generated resentment but also helped build character! She has a new book.
Speaker Janet Janssen 2018-05-25 07:00:00Z 0
It turned out to be a well attended wonderful event! It all started outside with the sound of the Sada Springs Jug Band under the Redwoods and continued for almost 2 hours of beautiful singing of Lacy J. Dalton and her musicians!
Our President Bill Holl and his wife Gine
Patrizia Materassi at the Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans display
Rotary Fundraiser 2018-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
Tanya Krause, Superintendent of the Scotts Valley School District (SVUSD), and Derek Timm, President of the SV Education Foundation made a presentation on a parcel tax being considered by the Board. 
Tanya stated the District receives minimal funding from the State as it designated rural and is located in an affluent area; however, State requirements and mandates are the same as for the schools which receive a lot more funding, thus creating a difficult financial situation ‘a head if not prevented. 

She explained the details of this old money-allocation-model based on tax assessments when properties are turned over. But apparently only approx. 20% of the 750 parcels turn over on a yearly basis.
Derek is the SV Chamber of Commerce Man of The Year. He wears lots of hats in service to the people of Scotts Valley. He is currently the President of the Scotts Valley Education Foundation, which has had a major role in helping to fund various schools activities.  Tanya and Derek shared info about the District and about the Parcel Tax being considered to help keep the District afloat in the coming years. 
The proposed parcel tax will not be used to pay for teacher pensions nor salaries.  We are one of the safest school districts in the nation said Derek, and have high tests score, but we are still in need of basic funding. The Touch a Truck, Facebook Matching Funds, Friday Night Food Trucks and many other fund raising activities raise good moneys but are not sufficient; and we are maxed out in these voluntary donations.
If you would like more information and see how a parcel tax may go hand-in-hand with property values and benefits to our community visit SOSSV.net
Speakers Tanya Krause and Derek Timm 2018-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Scotts Valley Rotary Sustainability Committee sponsors the Marine Debris Ocean Stewardship Program.  This was the second field trip for students from Scotts Valley High School to Davenport Beach, on March 29, 2018. . 
A portion of the grant funds are allocated to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean starting on the campus. The GreenTeam at the High School leaded by Mark Andrews, Environmental Studies Teacher, have built and are enhancing a sustainable organic garden! Learning to drain only clean water into the watershed going to the ocean.
All together 150 High School students participated in this “marine debris survey.”  Many youngsters camp at this beach overnight and although many pack their trash, few take it up the steep cliff to be disposed off. Looking at these pictures you can see in about an hour the students collected enough trash (already bagged and hand picked)to fill up almost 3 big containers up at the parking lot.
The plastic and other trash was logged in worksheets. The students later in class input the info into the NOAA Marine Debris National Data Base. Really a great data to help ocean policy development.
This is a hands-on experience that hopefully will teach students to refuse single-use disposable plastic, and protect the health and integrity of the ocean ecosystem.
Marine Debris Ocean Stewardship Program Patrizia Materassi 2018-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Celebrating the brightest and most community involved students at the Scotts Valley High School-
Student Recognition and Rotary of Scotts Valley Scholarship Awards.
Scotts Valley Rotary Student Awards Dinner 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
March 26th speaker: Carlos Palacios and Bruce McPherson 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Bob and Charlene Padget 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Ron Sekkel presents an award 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Chief Kovacs has 36 years in the fire service, starting in 1981 with the Ebbetts Pass Fire Department where he worked 31 years! He also worked in the Murphy Fire Protection District and became a Chief. Now is is our Fire Chief. 

He stated that we know the big weather events are coming and about when they come so we prepare for it. “Significant weather events raise risk of major forest fires” so we join forces with Fire🔥 Fighters all over the State and send many engines where we can estimate or where we know there will be a significant weather event. We need to concentrate our resources to save people and animals, so some time that is why you see big fires stay on. 

We can mobilize many engines in short time but our automation dispatch centers are lagging behind. We need support for more funding for California fire 🔥prevention and safety.
Chief Kovacs 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Bill Holl welcomes Rotarians 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Margaret Bruce, Board Member at the San Lorenzo Valley Water District.  Margaret stated that many of the Main Water Lines are only 2 inches in diameter and used to be adequate for the original vacation cottages, but are no longer adequate to protect the urban areas and much less hold back a potential wall of fire from huge forest in our area.
Brian Lee, General Manager, said replacement of water lines infrastructure is an on- going task in this field. The plans are to replace the 2-inch lines with 6-inch lines. And while the State is working on a sustainable water plan for California we are self sufficient. Although we participate as needed.
San Lorenzo Valley Water District presentation 2018-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
Sergio Faleta from Spain, made a good speech for us sharing his achievements, his native country, and how thankful he is for the opportunity.  Here with his American parents from the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, Bill Holl our Club President, and the Rotary Exchange Program Representative/Coordinator Darlene De La Cerna.
Students Exchange Program 2018-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
Rayne works for the County Administrative Officer. She works with all of the government and private non-profit agencies that provide services for the unhoused population in our County.
She provided insight into the Homeless population— 25% are youth, many become homeless after leaving from foster homes; 25% families who lost a job or their home; 25% previously working adults in the same situation; and only 25% are the Homeless who you and me see on the streets! Providing housing and a job to the homeless is fundamental, but emergency/and basic services are the first step to have access to them and help them to stabilize and be able to return to normal life. Incredible information that all of us should have to reduce the stigma of homelessness.

Here a link to a homeless service center in Santa Cruz:

“Besides helping people find and retain housing, low-barrier services (e.g., showers, bathrooms, meals, laundry, and first aid) provided at homeless center every day have major impact”....
Rayne Marr, Santa Cruz County Homeless Services Coordinator 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary fundraiser 2017-12-21 08:00:00Z 0
Laurel presented about the College programs and plans for the future. From incredible Performing Arts to 3D printing and manufacturing classes, to agriculture classes and Farmers Market, now the College is entering a new era where students paths will be more focus and supported by a special program. To learn details visit: 
Laurel Jones, President of Cabrillo College 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
December 11th speaker: Chief Steve Walpole, Scotts Valley Police Department 2017-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Lynn Robinson, Executive Director of Valley Churches United presented about the great works of the organization: “A donor-supported, volunteer-powered nonprofit organization serving low-income households in San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and Boony Doon."
You can participate in the Valley Christmas Project by donating cash, filling up a stocking for a child; adopting a family; volunteering, and/or buying at their Gift Shop!! (Open from Nov 1st through Noon Christmas Eve during the week from 10:00 AM - 5PM and on weekends from 11:00AM -4:00PM.
Lynn Robinson, Executive Director of Valley Churches United 2017-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Please welcome Angela Marshall.  Angela is the Office Manager at the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Danny Reber is her sponsor.
New member Angela Marshall 2017-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Dear Scotts Valley Rotary Club,
I am having a wonderful first year experience in college at Cal Poly.  I have learned so much just in a matter of weeks and am already looking into studying abroad and summer internships. Classes have been
moderately difficult, but I am pushing through it with the help of friends and mentors.  I wanted to thank you again so much for helping to support me financially in my college experience, I could not be more grateful. I hope that everything is going great for you all in Scotts Valley, I sure do miss home!
Shauna Sweeney
Letter from scholarship winner 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Speaker Piret Harmon General Manager at Scotts Valley Water District 2017-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
In the picture from right to left we specially connected with Dr. Alfredo, Nilzilene (she was the previous President and is interested to take the project to the public school where she works), Francisco Carlos de S. Vignoli, Sr Altivo Aleixo da Silva( Director of a school-Centro Educacional Raul Vega), and Fatima Daniel (who is a poeta of "Trovas Portuguesas." We will make a special post in her celebration). A very warm and fun club!
Rotary Club of Icarai, Niterói, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil giving a great example of tree planting to meet RI goal- plant 1.2 million trees by April 2018!
Meeting in Brazil with the Rotary Club of Sao Goncalo Patrizia Materassi 2017-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotary Ladies and gents,
The Interact Fall Leadership Conference is one week away. I am going and would love to have many of you to join me. 
Please check your availability and let me know if you can attend. Please note the corrected date is Sunday, October 8th. There is a $13.00 fee to cover lunch and expenses. 
All the best,
Randy Klein
Sunday, October 8 from 8:15 am until 3:00 pm at Independence High School in San Jose, CA (1776 Educational Park Dr, San Jose).

In an effort to increase advisor (both Rotarian and Faculty) participation at the event, the advisor workshop will again be in the morning from 10:00 am until 11:45 am in rooms M33-38, aka the Industrial classrooms. A map of the school can be found here. The schedule for the workshop will be:

10:00—10:10--all gather/introductions/Interact theme for year

10:10---10:40-—positive youth development (Assets)/Interactors-Advisors share effective working relationships and Interact best practices through a panel which will cover the following:
a. ABC’s of Interact
b. Election process
c. Sample budget
d. Other questions/topics

10:40—11:10--large group discussion on youth protection, club chartering process, & communication with district

11:15—11:40--participants have the choice to attend 1 of 2 options:
a. RYLA 2018
b. Speech Contest 2018

 In addition, help is needed to serve lunch to the 4,000 Interactors after the advisor workshop at 11:45 am. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up here: tinyurl.com/FLC2017VolunteerRegistration

Digital resources for the workshop can be downloaded and accessed here.

There is an event fee of $13 for all attendees, which includes lunch. Payment and registration is through interact Clubs. Please contact an Interact Club in which your Rotary Club sponsors to sign up.

Thank you very much for your time, and we look forward to seeing you on October 8th!!
For any questions, please contact Chris Miller here, or at 408-395-7949.

You are also welcome to visit the FLC website at this address, which includes further details and a video recap of previous year FLC's.
Interact Fall Leadership Conference 2017-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Speaker Jeff Almquist, Superior Court Judge 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
New member Angela Marshall 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Fred Keely presenting on the National Monterey Marine Sanctuary. He is a Trustee member of the Sanctuary Foundation, plus a lot more! https://montereybay.noaa.gov/
Fred was member of the Cal State Assembly representing Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, from 1996-2002. Had a big role in higher education at UCSC. Was the Santa Cruz County Treasurer; member of the California League of Conservation Voters...and serves on the Board of the Cal Ocean Science Trust.
He emphasized the role of the ocean in our life; that every other breath we take is from the ocean. The ocean produces 50% of the Oxygen we breathe. That ocean acidification may affect the Oxygen and Carbon Cycle. That ocean education is fundamental for us and for our kids in the future; thus celebrate and participate in the 25 years of our Sanctuary!

Thank you Mr. Keely for the great work you do!
Speaker Fred Keely, National Monterey Marine Sanctuary 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
October 23rd speaker: Jeff Gaffney – County Parks & Rec Director Bill Holl 2017-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Greg discussed the historic role of the San Lorenzo River in the development of Santa Cruz, the separation alienation that occurred over the years, and visualized a re-integration of the river with the community.

Here the SLR mouth at the Boardwalk.
Coastal Watershed Council has worked with our Sustainability Committee Marine Debris Project in partnership with NOAA and the Tampa Bay Community Foundation; both to bring awareness in the schools and community about the watershed and its connections with the health of the people and the planet.
Presentation by Greg Pepping, Executive Director of the Coastal Watershed Council. 2017-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Virginia Johnson made a great presentation on the Monterey Bay Community Power - a regional project among 19 local government agencies that aims to provide choice in electricity provision to residents and businesses who prefer clean-source power...It will purchase from alternative sources of energy, with its vested power as much alternative energy as possible; the energy will be distributed by PG&E at the same rate or lower; and, surplus revenues will help fund more renewable energy projects, create jobs, and stimulate the economy! 
Virginia has lead the team who put together this Community Choice Energy for 3 years working for County Supervisor Bruce McPherson. 😅 Before that she worked for 17 years as Executive Director of Ecology Action - a local Environmental Consulting Non-Profit and increased its budget from $125 K to $28 million. One of Ecology Action's help to the community was the renovation of the Sentinel Building to receive a LEED Gold  Building Certification! 
Check out the Fact Sheet below and links to the website.
Rotary Presentation by Virginia Johnson Patrizia Materassi 2017-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Schedule of the Sustainability Committee Meetings for 2017/18 Patrizia Materassi 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Presentation on plastic pollution in the world's oceans at the Rotary Club of San Jose Silicon Valley Patrizia Materassi 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary presentation by Assemblymember Mark Stone Patrizia Materassi 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Almost 40,000 people coming together to do good in the world! 
Bill Gates  came to our Convention to speak on Polio eradication. A total of $1.2 billion was pledged to finish the job on the 3 tensing countries were Polio is still active. 
ESRAG's booth(Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group) always full of Rotarians!!
ESRAG support President-Elect Ian Riseley's tree "growing" challenge. 
Rotary International Convention in Atlanta 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Presentation on Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans at the Rotary Club of Dublin Patrizia Materassi 2017-06-09 07:00:00Z 0
Want to remind everyone that the Debunking is scheduled for Monday, June 26, 6:00pm, mark your calendar. It is our opportunity to thank Rosanna for her hard work and to hear what Bill has up his sleeve for the coming year.  We will not be having a lunch meeting that day.
Tony G
Debunking Rosanna 2017-06-09 07:00:00Z 0
We will be dark on Monday May 29th in honor of Memorial Day 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Marine Debris Ocean Stewardship Program: An International Pilot Project.  - funded by the Scotts Valley Rotary Sustainability Committee in partnership with the NOAA, and the Tampa Bay Community Foundation.  This was the second field trip of SVHS students to collect marine debris at the boardwalk.  
Approximately 130 Scotts Valley High School students, the 2 lead teachers, Adi Welch, Marine Biology, and Mark Andrews, Environmental Studies teacher, and Naomi Pollack, Program Coordinator for the  NOAA's Ocean Guardian School Program(
http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/ocean_guardian/ ), 2 representatives of Save Our Shores.(
http://saveourshores.org/ ), and Patrizia Materassi, Chair of the Scotts Valley Rotary Sustainability Committee, were present at this field trip   part of the Marin Debris International Pilot Program.
The program is funded by the Scotts Valley Rotary Sustainability Committee in partnership with the NOAA, and the Tampa Bay Community Foundation. 
In the first few pictures the students are eating breakfast snacks provided by the Sustainability Committee, delivery by Patrizia Materassi, and her husband, Kim Shultz, SV School Board member. 
The students are at the BoardWalk green area in front of the beach to be cleaned up. 
After they returned they had some lunch-type snacks; and you can see the buckets full of trash which will be catalogued for data input by the students and international exchange. 
Other pictures with teacher's, NOAA and Save Our Shores representatives helping in the effort.
We made a special point to bring water and water paper cups NOT IN PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. The students put names on their paper cups!  Among other things the students will learn to carry their own canteens/water bottles every time they leave their house, not buying plastic water bottles. 
Congratulations to the lead teacher's Adi and Andrew for great work!
- Patrizia
Marine Debris Ocean Stewardship Program: An International Pilot Project 2017-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
Plastic Pollution in the World's Ocean Sustainability Committee display at two Earth Day events this weekend: Santa Clara Kayser Permanent Farmer's Market, and Los Altos Hills Barnyard Earth Day Celebration
Santa Clara Kayser Permanent Farmer's Market. Many nurses appreciated my suggestion of their plastic gowns to be manufactured with a biodegradable material. They use a new one and dispose of it every time they enter a "bacteria contaminated" patient's room. 
The lady is Lynne Page, Chair of the Hospital's green team. I was invited to share her water-with-not- plastic-bottles booth. 
These are pictures of our Sustainability Committee plastic pollution display at the Los Altos Hills Barnyard Earth Day Celebration. 
Many young families came by the booth and appreciated the info on Plastic Pollution in he ocean. Many also liked the Wild Cat show. 
- Patrizia
Plastic Pollution in the World's Ocean Sustainability Committee display at Earth Day events Patrizia Materassi 2017-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
Trivia Challenge 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Patrizia Materassi presentation at the Milpitas Rotary Club 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

The Marine Debris Ocean Stewardship Program is an International Pilot Project.  110 students were at the Boardwalk Beach on Monday, March 27 to collect plastic trash that pollutes the ocean.  They will be analyzing the trash back on campus at their classes and at the organic garden/ recycling center they build / improve on with this grant. Save our Shores experts were there too to help. The teachers from SVHS were Adi Welch, Marine Biology and Mark Andrews, Environmental Studies.

Here you can see the San Lorenzo River Mouth, at the Boardwalk Beach after one month of storms and extreme weather. That is where the students where picking up plastic debris. About 80% of marine debris reaches the ocean via storm drains, creeks and rivers; it is all branches of the ocean!

The students were using NOAA's Marine Debris KIT forms to record the plastics collected. NOAA, the Scotts Valley Rotary and the Tampa Bay Community Foundation funded the program. 

The students will be coming to our Rotary meeting on May 1st to present their findings and their hands-on projects to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean.  

Marine Debris Ocean Stewardship Program: An International Pilot Project 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Green Building Tour Patrizia Materassi 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Annual Student Recognition Awards
As a member of the Scotts Valley Rotary Club we request you attend the annual Student Recognition Awards Dinner honoring exceptional students at the Scotts Valley Middle School and High School.  The event will be held on Tuesday evening, April 18th, at 6:00 p.m. (dinner to be served at 6:30 p.m.) at the Scotts Valley Hilton
To properly honor these fine students, I ask that all club members be present at this event. The cost of the dinner was included in the annual club dues for 2017 so there is no additional cost. I do need to provide a final count to the Hilton. Kindly RSVP if you plan to attend. You are welcome to invite a guest at a cost of $30 per person.
Please return the reservation form sent to you in the mail no later than Monday, April 10th, 2017. 
The Scotts Valley Rotary Club is very proud of all our students and especially proud of the accomplishments of the students being recognized.  We look forward to meeting each of them, and their family and guests. If you have questions, please email Susan Riddle at sriddle@bayfed.com or Carrie Birkhofer at cbirkhofer@bayfed.com. Thank you!
Scotts Valley Rotary Student Awards Dinner - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0

Just a reminder if you would like to join this great event:

February 25

New Brighton Middle School

250 Washburn Avenue

Capitola, CA 95010



This is headed by the SLV Rotary...

Stay dry this weekend!

Rosanna Herrera

Stop Hunger Now 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

Tomorrow is the Day - 12:30 Sr. Center Valentines Lunch  Please come and help, so far it is me and Tony...we will be serving at 1pm, hope to see you there!


Rosanna Herrera

Senior Center Valentine's Lunch 2017-02-10 08:00:00Z 0

Greetings Scotts Valley Rotarians!


The Santa Cruz Sunrise Club cordially invites all  Scotts Valley Rotarians to attend our SC Sunrise Rotary’s

 4th Annual

Wine 2 Water 4 Africa

Saturday, Feb. 11 , 2 – 5 p.m.

@ The Tannery World Dance & cultural center


Wine tasting & Appetizers

Live African Music & dance

Art auction

Tickets on sale now, by mail until Feb 6 or online or from myself in person. 



We also would love to have your partnership in our Global Grant with Kasese, Uganda, bringing clean water to 1,100 people ein Lhuhwahwa village of Kasese. We are working with Kasese Rotary club. All proceeds from W2W4Africa will be for the Global Grant project.



Mwasingya! Thank you!


Yours in Rotary Service,


Peggy Pollard

Chair, International Committee of Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary


(831) 239-3429

Wine 2 Water 4 Africa 2017-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Hi Scotts Valley Rotarians,
We are celebrating community support for music education at Scotts Valley High School in Scotts Valley, CA.  Scotts Valley High was one of more than 34 school districts across the country that submitted a video to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation that answered the question “What Makes Music Education Great in My School?” The school district is one of only three selected for a two-day residency with the Lennon Bus, www.lennonbus.org.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit mobile recording studio dedicated to the providing students of all ages with free hands-on opportunities to make ...
A group of students from the Scotts Valley High ROP Music Production and Recording Arts class will be recording an original song and making a video for that song aboard the Lennon Bus on Wednesday, February 22nd.
On Thursday morning, February 23rd from 10 AM-11 AM in the Scotts Valley High School Student Union, we will be having a forum with a panel of speakers discussing music education in our districts. From 11 AM-5 PM there will be tours of the Lennon Bus recording studio, as well as interactive music tents for students to work in.
We invite all dignitaries to tour the bus immediately following the forum.
We hope you can join us Thursday, February 23rd at Scotts Valley High School, 555 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley for this important event. Our objective is to have several districts together to hear from the panel and to discuss and share our music education programs. The NAMM Foundation, in conjunction with the Lennon Bus, will be filming the event for purposes of showing it when they advocate for music education in Washington, D.C. 
Please RSVP so we can have a list of our guests.
Thank you,
Beth Hollenbeck
Director of Music, Scotts Valley Unified School District
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus 2017-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Saturday February 3rd, 7pm
Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Iowa Energy
  • Come cheer on the Warriors as we celebrate Rotary Night!
  • Each ticket includes a Santa Cruz Warriors Rotary Serving Humanity T-Shirt!
  • Pay no taxes and fees

35.00 center sideline

25.00 sideline

Please let me know if you would like to go, checks can be made out to SV Rotary.


Rosanna Herrera

Rotary Night at the Santa Cruz Warriors 2017-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Wendy Ledger grew up reading. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a double degree in French and English, although she would claim that she really majored in free-form music at WMFO, the college radio station. She has a master's degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University and also taught introductory creative writing there. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the East Bay Express, and Music for the Love of It. She lives in Northern California and currently leads a writing group at Mountain Spirit in Felton, California.
February 27th speaker: Wendy Ledger, author of Joy Returns! 2016-12-22 08:00:00Z 0
March 11 is our annual fundraiser for student scholarships.  This year we will feature the White Album Ensemble.  When many people think of tribute bands, they think of the White Album Ensemble. This popular and wonderful local group is the next best thing to hearing the Beatles perform live. Opening the show at 6:00 PM is The Sada Springs Jug Band. This will be a great event. However we need everyone to participate in at least 3 ways.

****Every member will be responsible to sell 4 tickets at 40.00 per tix.  The tix includes concert and appetizers.  

Tickets from http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2839652 or your favorite Rotarian.

First - we will have a wine auction again, so please everyone bring one or two bottles of your favorite wine - we will bring them all together in one "wine wall" last year we had 28 bottles and they went for over 400.00.  My goal this year is 40 bottles.  I know we have winos out there so don't be shy about bringing in your Bartle and James wine coolers, Boone Farm or Cold Duck!

Second - sponsorships, if you or your significant other work for a company - do the ask, either for a sponsorship or have them buy 10+ tickets to give out to their employees...

Third - we will need help the night of the event - I am meeting with the President of SV Interact and will get a commitment from here for some interactors...after that meeting on Wednesday I will know what is specifically needed for the night of the event and will get out another email

Fourth - major auction items we need 3 more - we will have the wine, Tahoe condo....so we are looking for 3 more items. 

So please let me know where you can contribute - we have 47 more days  until the event and counting!

Dick and Bill are heading up this event, please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.


As always yours in Rotary!


 - Rosanna Herrera


March 11 Annual Fundraiser 2016-11-20 08:00:00Z 0
Ron Sekkel as Darth Vader in the skit at the conference
First prize for the booths went to Patrizia with a display on plastic pollution in the oceans
Avenues of Service 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Scotts Valley High School Service Day 2016-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
In the pictures are Rosanna Hererra, Kim Shultz, Patrizia Materassi, Randy Klein, Ben Hicks, Tom Hogye of 
ECS Refining and his crew, Scott the Public Works Director for the City of Scotts Valley and his crew, and Tony Giannotti who was there too but did not come out in the pictures. We served approx 260 cars in 4 consecutive hours.
E-Waste Collection Patrizia Materassi 2016-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Santa Cruz Superior Court Community Projects

After graduating from the Monterey College of Law, she became a Deputy District Attorney for Monterey County for 12 years until 2006.

In 2009, she was the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division in Santa Cruz County.

Over the last several years, she’s been the Chair of the Santa Cruz County Children’s Network and a Team Member of the FosterEd Project with the National Youth Law Center which is a 4-state project.

She’s presently on the Juvenile Curriculum Committee and the New Judges Orientation Faculty of the Center for Judicial Education.

There’s a number of different projects and programs that our local Judicial Officers are involved with – among them are the Keeping Kids in School Project and FosterEd which meets the needs of children in the foster care system. Other projects include Family Preservation Court, Teen Peer Court, Project Homeless Connect, and the Small Claims Court Mediation Services.

December 19th speaker: Superior Court Judge Denine Guy 2016-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
This meeting was at SVHS today, September 15 in Lynne Near's classroom, at 12:36 Pm. Lynn Near is the new Interact advisor/teacher. She is also a past Interact member herself‼️

At this meeting, Elana Weingord, president, spoke to her members about The Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) coming up in October as well as about community service projects in Scotts Valley. 

I told them about the E-waste opportunity this coming Saturday  and invited them to come for community service hours. There will also be a school wide announcement of E-waste. I hope to see more than a few students. Finally, I told them that they should consider participating in the Chamber of Commerce's two candidate discussions on October 6th and 18th for additional community service. Barry Holtzclaw, Press Banner editor, will be the moderator. Hours are 5-8PM and will include city council candidates on the 6th and School Board candidates on the 18th. Students will receive pre-training and will have their pictures published in the "Banner" afterward. A lot is happening with our high school students. You are welcome to come to their meetings and get on the train ride with them for a most stimulating experience! 

- Randy K.
Recent Interact Meeting 2016-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Presentation on Plastic Pollution in the Oceans at the Hollister Rotary Club Patrizia Materassi 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
September 19:  Vocational Visit Perfumers Apprentice  2016-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome DG Jeff Georgie Hildebrand 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome new Blue Badgers. Rotarians Maria Cherem, Dick Scoppettone, Bijal Patel, and Steve Solberg all completed the requirement to earn their Blue Badges.
From Red to Blue Georgie Hildebrand 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Come and meet District 5170 Governor Jeff Orth.  Come and hear DG Jeff tells us his plans for the upcoming Rotary year and explain about the special project his wife will be organizing.  Board members to meet with DG Jeff prior to the regular meeting to give him a club update.
Monday July 18 - District Governor Jeff Orth Georgie Hildebrand 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome President Rosanna.  Here are some words from our President who is displaying the Scotts Valley Rotary Club's original charter.
My year’s motto Rotary Serving Humanity 
New RI President is John Germ
For our club this year with your permission I’d like to add through fellowship  Rotary serving Humanity through fellowship
Some changes:
Pail for Polio Plus - Change the world (Pail at the back of the room to drop your change)
Pass the Hat  - if you have something to brag about ——$$$ to go to our foundation fund…by September we can give it to Karen and she can let us know how much more we need to raise
Last Monday of the Month - Night Meetings!
Lite Meeting- Fellowship Nite
July 25  Dart Nite - bring your family and friends
WELCOME PRESIDENT ROSANNA 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians cut some 50 cold, juicy and sweet watermelons donated by the Ben Lomond Market and distributed it for free at the park after the 4th of July Parade till dusk. 
You need to see how happy were the kids and adults getting free watermelon! 😊😀🍉🍉🎉🎊🇺🇸 The crew perfected the watermelon cut to a science making watermelon slices look like Popsicles! 👍👏👏👏
Free Watermelon crew:
Charlene and Mike McIntyre, Ron and Cynthia Sekkel, Kim Shultz and Patrizia Materassi, Marie and Jim Sikora, and Tony Giannotti
Rotarians at Work 2016-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Debunking of Tony 2016-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Myanmar Army
Tuesday- I took a free day and went on a tour to the Demilitarized Zone on the North and South Korea Border. It was a small group with only 5 of us...one of the gentlemen was a PDG from New Zealand...When you are at the DMZ you hear bombs going off, it is a little disconcerting and it is both sides testings the arsenal...they don't let you take photos of the actual DMZ...had dinner Tuesday night with president elect Judy and current president wendell from the cupertino club.
Wednesday was closing ceremony and RI president Ravi gave a truly moving and inspirational farewell speech, I would encourage you to go to the RI web site and see if they posted it yet...the entertainment was Sai - Gangam style which was fun, his grandfather and father are Rotarians.
I also attended a breakout session regarding RAGE - this is a newly sanctioned group for the preservation of endangered species.  They are out of Kenya and they will be putting together Rotary African Safaris and they have also partnered with Jane Goodall and her group roots and shoots.  For any of you who are into animals this is something you should look into.
Our flight out of Korea was 12:30am Thursday morning, we flew to Singapore, then onto Siem Reap.  (Georgie arrived at Siem Reap on Wednesday)  We got through customs with no issues and a car was waiting for us...our hotel is lovely and Georgie met us for lunch which we had with Kerry the Director of feeding dreams....Mary(president elect santa cruz sunrise) and Braxton are going over in the morning and will help out at the school...Joe, Georgie and I are going over at 2pm where some Buddhist Nuns will be blessing the new vocational school...
It is into the high 90's low 100's with the humidity at about 85% dropping to the high 80's at night and about 66% humidity...the pool water is great, the beer is cold (50 cents a can and 1.00 for a 14oz draft and the beer is very good) will follow up with photos.
Arriving in Cambodia - we felt the heat immediately as we disembarked from the plane, the airport is small and all aircraft have stairs to the runway and you walk to the customs area...no jetways here.  the tiny airport is much improved from 2 years ago, and getting through customs was much easier.  
We were met by our driver and started out to our hotel, the smell and sounds were what we had remembered, so were the potholes in the road...the aircon took a bit to get going but once it did we were comfortable for the 20 minute drive to our hotel.
Mary Alsip president elect Santa Cruz sunrise and her son Braxton.
Pub Street
Kuy from the Stockton club. His family fled to the US during the Khmer genocide he came and brought his family back to his country to visit relatives first trip for his four kids. I first met him at PETS.
We were at Feeding Dreams for about 4 hours...there is no aircon there so we were in the heat all that time, plus during the blessing we were in a seated position that was rather uncomfortable for about 1/2 and hour, which doesn't seem like a lot but it got to be excruitatingly painful after awhile
Feeding Dreams
We had dinner at a restaurant that was recommended by one of the tuk tuk drivers, which we believe was owned by a relative or friend, suffice it to say we will pick our own restaurants from now on...
Saturday everyone in the group except me ventured out to the outter temples of angkor wat - I had looked at the weather reports and saw it was going to be very hot, and I had seen the same temples last time...I decided to stick around the hotel and pool it for the day - I also had to write a speech for the dedication...Georgie and Joe returned looking hot, hot, hot, and joined me at the pool, where we stayed for another 2 hours drinking beer, wine ,and eating pizza and french fries (do not tell joe's wife about the pizza and french fries!)
Rotary International Convention update 2016-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Sustainability Presentation on June 2 2016-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Presentation on Plastic Pollution in the Worlds' Oceans by Patrizia Materassi at the Morgan Hill Rotary Club, CA 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Hello fellow Rotarians,
Well we have been in Seoul for 2 full days...
I am traveling the first leg of this trip - Rotary International Convention with Past District Govenor Joe Hamilton.  We met at SFO early to ensure no waiting at security, started the day out with a drink and breakfast...we flew Singapore Air which is a great airline, they put in new 15" screens and new games in the entertainment center so the 12 hour flight over was not that bad, although my meal choices were, eel and noodles or indian vegetarian, was definitely not Bruno's!
We arrived at 9pm Saturday night and the hotel is very nice.  Everything is high tech including the bathroom (every time you sit on the toilet there is a dinging sound one ping, when you get off  2 dings)  I thought I was loosing it, you can't tell if it is coming from the bathroom or the room, you press a button and the seat heats up immediately)  and it has all the other amenities which I won't go into any details suffice it to say you are sparkling clean when you leave the bathroom!  and the wifi is fantastic.  
Sunday we attended the opening ceremony which was very nice about 2 hours long...it's interesting that they play all 70's and 80's music, disco and classic rock hummm...we also visited the house of friendship which was a little overwhelming.  We visited our District interactors which was great...facebook says 47k people have checked in there  I think the official count is over 35k attendees.  Upon returning to the hotel we ran into some people Joe knew and I had met at pets, we shared a drink and traveling stories....I had hit a brick wall so to speak and went to bed!  
Monday we attended the general session which has 4 main speakers, first was Mahatria Ra, he is a spiritual motivational speaker - I would liken him to Joel Osteen...very good, then the CEO and President of National Geographic Gary Knell, Sarah Parcek - she is a Rotarian and a world renowned archeologist, she is revolutionizing archeology by using satellite photos to determine where ruins are located...and Dananajaya Heterachchi 2014 Champion Toastmaster.  All were very inspiring.
* I must say hanging with Joe at an International Convention is akin to being with a rock star, everyone knows him and wants some time! 
 - Rosanna
Remember Oliver he won our speech contest!  He is off to Vietnam Nam after this for the soccer project
Rotary International Convention with Rosanna and Joe 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
President Rosanna will be informing us about our project in Cambodia.  Feeding Dreams Cambodia is a Global Grant project where we outfitted a Vocational Training Center.  The Center will educate the poor Khmer children in hospitality skills so that they can get a job in one of the many hotels in Seim Reap, Cambodia.
July 11th: Rosanna Herrera, Cambodia Project 2016-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Area 10 Interactors and Iliana Heys from Scotts Valley Interact
Rotarians dancing and enjoying the music.
Cindy Schuette, Joee Cao( UCSC Intern) and Patrizia Materassi at the SV Sustainability Committee display table for plastics in the world's oceans.
Rotary pictures of the District 5170 Conference in San Ramon Patrizia Materassi 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Make the Magic 2016: Join Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz for their 2nd Annual Make the Magic fundraising event to support the chapter in sending 80 children in the Santa Cruz area affected by a parent's cancer to experience the magic of Kesem! The event will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 6PM to 10PM at the Back Nine, Inn at Pasatiempo in Santa Cruz. Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, supporting children through and beyond their parent's cancer. We hope you'll join us and help us make some magic!

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website at http://classy.org/ucscmtm2016 or email the coordinators, Alejandra Buznego and Angelina Brand, at ucsc.mtm@campkesem.org<mailto:ucsc.mtm@campkesem.org>. To learn more about our organization, check out our website at http://campkesem.org/santacruz.
Make the Magic 2016 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Kristi Cole, Community Manager, American Cancer Society
Explained the Relay For Life throughout Santa Clara and Santa Cruz County.
Water Warriors Guatemala Water Project
One out of six people in the world do not have safe drinking water. Jim Zenner is creating a coalition of Rotary Clubs to secure a Global Grant that will forever change the lives of 160 Mayan families.
Ocean Guardian School Program
Seaberry Nachbar spoke about the Ocean Guardian School Program. She’s with the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries and they’re promoting ocean conservation in our local schools. They provide project for students related to the conservation of local watersheds, the world’s ocean, and/or special ocean areas, like national marine sanctuaries. Great opportunity for local schools!
Jay Dunlop, Executive Director of Monterey Coast Preparatory School
Mr. Dunlap is passionate about valuing and supporting students who learn differently. He has dedicated his career to serving the students who were underserved, disregarded or uninspired in school. His personal mission is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to thrive as a thinker and as a human being.

Highlights from our recent meetings 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

Sunday, April 24th
6-8 p.m.
At Mollies' Country Cafe
219 F Mount Hermon Road
Scotts Valley

Please bring your memories of Tom. There will be a memory book, so you can add your memories to it for the family.

It's a Potluck, and you can ask
Marc about what to bring
Memorial for Tom McLaren 2016-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Picture of Patrizia's Presentation at the Campbell Rotary Club on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. 2016-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Scotts Valley Rotarians cooked and served lunch for some 50 seniors on February 19th at the Scotts Valley Senior Center.
Lunch organizer Bill Holl prepared the pork tenderloin, and his wife made the key lime pie. Rotary cooks (made the potatoes & cauliflower) and servers were Maria Cherem, Tony Giannotti, Rosanna Herrera, Georgie Hildebrand, Birgit Berr, Patrizia Materassi, Bob Mazurek, Ralph Rauscher, Dick Scoppettone, Laureen Yungmeyer, and Charlene McIntyre. 
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped us do what we do best - Service about self!
Scotts Valley Senior Center Lunch 2016-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Jay Topping from Scotts Valley History Museum spoke to our club about Scotts Valley history and the future for a Scotts Valley museum.
Rotarian Bob Pagett was honored for his generosity to the Rotary Foundation.
Deborah Rice, District 5170 public Image Chair, discussed how we might improve our public image by getting the word out about the good works that our club does.
Past speakers and honorees 2016-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Darlene De La Cerna, co-chair of the District 5170 Youth Exchange and Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotarian gave us an update on the Rotary Youth Exchange program. The program is currently looking for Housing for inbound exchange student beginning August 2016 for 4-5 months. We need 2 families, so if you (or someone you know) can help,
Charlene McIntyre 
408-482-8641 cell
Rotary Youth Exchange Program needs host families 2016-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our 2016 Trivia Cup winners who have the cup and bragging rights - Kiwanis of the Valley! Thanks to all who came out & see you next year.
Trivia Contest Winners 2016-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Monday 3/21 Board Meeting, 5:30 pm @ Bruno’s
Thursday 3/24 District Assembly (Club officers and leaders, future leaders, Red Badgers)
Upcoming Events 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Scotts Valley will give the Paul Harris award to Anti-Bullying champion and SF Giants fan, Bryan Stow.
Since 1975, the Rotary Club of Scotts Valley has had a huge impact on raising money for non-profits as well as donating thousands of hours to support our community.  From rebuilding the bathrooms at Scotts Valley Middle School to wiping out Polio around the world, Rotary International is dedicated to making the world a better place.  It is our honor to recognize Bryan Stow and his foundation for his anti-bullying message with a Paul Harris (the founder of Rotary) award. The award will be presented to Bryan at the James Garner tribute to Johnny Cash benefit concert on Saturday, May 21. Come out to support the great work this local man is doing.
A bit about the Bryan Stow Foundation:
The Bryan Stow Foundation was founded out of survival, hope, courage, and triumph over tragedy. About five years ago, a senseless, brutal attack following a baseball game nearly took his life. Bryan Stow is now on a mission to help communities put an end to bullying and fan violence. Bryan will never fully recover from his injuries; however, with the help of his family and friends, he is able to present his story and guide this country’s youth to live bully-free lives as well as empower them to stand up and change a rapidly growing problem within our society.
While Bryan was an inpatient at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Acute Rehab Program in Los Gatos, CA, he met Brandy Dickinson, a Speech Language Pathologist who took him on community outings to a local after-school care program to practice using his newly learned cognitive linguistic and mobility skills. During his presentations, Bryan had to be prepared to answer the question, “What happened to you?” using an appropriate response to an audience of children. Together with Brandy, they decided upon “I got hurt by adult bullies” which led Bryan to use his story to bring awareness of what happens when bullying behavior continues into adulthood.
Bryan Stow is now on a mission to teach kids everywhere how to live kinder lives as well as help empower a change in attitude for kids with bullying tendencies. With help from his family and friends, Bryan Stow has started this foundation and plans to reach out to as many schools and organizations as possible with his anti-bullying and stopping fan violence presentations using his own personal story to stop bullying behavior before it reaches adulthood.
Details about the event
Scotts Valley Rotary presents - James Garner Tribute to Johnny Cash! 
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 p.m.
ReGeneration Church/Calvary Chapel
1500 Green Hills road in Scotts Valley 
Tickets on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets: 
Opening the show at 6 p.m. - The Sada Springs Jug Band
In addition, there will be a live auction between 7:30-8:00pm
Show your ticket to your server at Bruno's BBQ between 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and Bruno's will donate 50% of non bar items to the event.
Fundraiser on May 21st 2016-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
CPR and AEDs - why we need them and how to use them
John Laurent is a retired firefighter and long-time CPR instructor, he gave a short presentation explaining how simple CPR skills combined with the presence of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) can greatly increase our Scotts Valley community’s survival rates for cardiac arrest. 
John and one of our Interactors demonstrate how simple it is to use an AED.
For information on free CPR courses, see:
Speaker John Laurent 2016-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Scotts Valley Rotary presents the Second Annual Trivia Cup Challenge
February 27th, 6pm, Bruno's BBQ in Scotts Valley
Come and test your trivia knowledge. Build a team to compete for great prizes:
Winning team gets bragging rights and hosts the engraved winning cup for one year. 
Up to 4 people per team and price includes limited appetizers from 5-7.
The Trivia Showdown will be moderated by Thomas Todd, trivia master and former Jeopardy contestant.
$50.00 per person. Tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2490233
Second Annual Trivia Cup Challenge 2016-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Canepa Motors photos 2016-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
We started off 2016 with a presentation from Kim Powell at Blue Water Ventures (www.bluewaterventures.com). 
They offer naturalist-led field trips for students and educational adventures for adults.
For schools, each field trip is customized to meet the instructional objectives of the teachers they work with. 
For adult programs, they design vacations that are adventurous and relaxing with an educational component.
Rotarty Interact District 5170 have you had a great field trip like this at your school?

 Executive Director David Foster from Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz County told us about a great new project called, My House, My Home. 
You can find details here (and they are currently looking for participants):

Recent Speakers 2016-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Scotts Valley Rotary presents the Second Annual Trivia Cup Challenge
February 27th, 6pm, Bruno's BBQ in Scotts Valley
Come and test your trivia knowledge. Build a team to compete for great prizes:
Winning team gets bragging rights and hosts the engraved winning cup for one year. 
Up to 4 people per team and price includes limited appetizers from 5-7.
The Trivia Showdown will be moderated by Thomas Todd, trivia master and former Jeopardy contestant.
$50.00 per person. Tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2490233
Second Annual Trivia Cup Challenge 2016-02-06 00:00:00Z 0

Hello Fellow Rotarians,
We are scheduled to host a luncheon at the SV Senior Center on Friday, 2/19.
We need help setting up tables, preparing food and serving.
Lunch includes:
Pork tenderloin, roasted cauliflower, green salad, scalloped potatoes, and key lime pie. I'm doing the tenderloin; Rosanna & Charlene are doing the green salad; and Gine is doing the key lime pie. 
We need more volunteers to prepare roasted cauliflower and scalloped potatoes. I've attached two easy recipes.
Please let us know if you can help out.
SV Senior Center luncheon 2016-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Community Service Minutes 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0

Introduction: Let’s celebrate the biggest achievement to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean this past year with this post from Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute.

 December 29, 2015 at 9:24am--As we say goodbye to 2015, it's great to celebrate that we are also saying goodbye to microbeads too. President Obama has officially signed the Microbead - Free Waters Act. The law makes it illegal to manufacture microbeads starting July 2017. We are launching an action kit to help you get rid of microbeads from your home + office in the New Year. Sign up here to be notified when it's ready!” http://bit.ly/ActionKits www.5gyres.org/

January:    We learned the Santa Cruz Rotary President and the Sargent of Arms were inspired and saved an entangled Seagull at the beach in Santa Cruz the day after and our presentation! (We filmed this presentation on Nov. 14, 2014 and made a video.)

5:        (Presentation at the Oakland Rotary Club to be rescheduled.)

February 24:    (Presentation at Castro Valley Rotary to be rescheduled.)

March 5:    (Presentation at the Bay Club Santa Clara. I understood they cancelled for not supporting the plastic bag ban!)

April 20:    Seven presentations at the SV High School and scientist kit delivery – presentations to 7 classes/periods- partnering with teachers Adi Welch and Angelique Jezequel and David Crawford Director of the International Bachelor (IB) Program

May 9:        Presentation at the San Lorenzo Valley Club.

June 6/9:    Attended the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Participated in the Inauguration meeting of the Environmental Rotary Sustainability Action Group (ESRAG) and worked on the booth to gather members.  

The ESRAG is now an officially approved Rotary action group and has 600 members. ESRAG has a proposed amendment to include environmental sustainability in Rotary projects to be voted in March 2016 at the RI Council of Legislation.

10:    Ramesh Hariharan, Rotary President of the East Palo Alto Bayshore Rotary Club reported the club is no longer using plastic water bottles!  (Presentation on Dec 2, 2014) https://www.facebook.com/160615420760135/photos/a.175628762592134.1073741826.160615420760135/502957659859241/?type=3

July 20:     Presentation at the Scotts Valley Rotary. (We used the presentation video and received great feedback to continue using the video including in school presentations.)

26:    Organized the Festival of the Book- feeding approximately 700 children as the manpower for the Santa Cruz Library.

August:    Posted free Internship with the UCSC program for a student helper at: http://envs.ucsc.edu/internships/available-internships/new-internships/index.html .  Recently we received the blessing of the District Governor to proceed with the Intern, so will re-post for next academic year.

Sept. 16:    Members participated in the E-Waste event.  http://scottsvalleyrotary.org/Stories

29:    Attended Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary for presentation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) re. the Ocean Guardians Program, with up to $4,000 grants per school for plastic pollution awareness and related campus improvements.

30:    Submitted Letter of Intent to partner with the Rotary Club of Madison for an international sustainability humanitarian project in Guanabara, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, mirroring the NOAA’s Ocean Guardian’s Program.  Other Club was selected. 

October 8:    Presentation at the Huaren Rotary Club of Silicon Valley.  http://www.meetup.com/rotaractfremont/events/208393012/

20:    Met with Seaberry Nachbar and Naomi Lyall, coordinators of the NOAA Ocean Guardians Program at the Sanctuary Exploration Center.  The partnership details are still to be worked out. http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/ocean_guardian/


Nov.:     New member joined the Committee: Birgit Berr. She was instrumental in arranging the presentation at the San Jose East/evergreen Rotary Club. Thank you Birgit!

Nov. 19:     Presentation at the San Jose East/ Evergreen Rotary Club.  Representatives from the East Side High School District of Silicon Valley attended and we passed on the info to 21 schools (List available upon request.  Any of these schools could choose to become part of the Ocean Guardians Program.  It would be neat to have enough manpower in our Committee to follow up and document progress.)

December:     Susan Valenta, the Rotary District Governor sent a recommendation forward listing Patrizia Materassi as a speaker for the District. This will help us to schedule presentations. We also need to attend Cabinet mtgs. and have a booth at major conferences. The goal is to reach 60 clubs in 5 years along with the students connected to the respective Rotary Club to make them aware of ocean plastic pollution and solutions. (So far we have presented at 9 clubs, 8 High School classes, 1 professional org, plus info passed on to approx. 30 High Schools.)

Next Activities:    

-Attend next Cabinet Mtg. to help schedule presentations

-Participate on the ESRAG legislative amendment, (Patrizia Materassi is the Youth Board member); 

-Partnership with NOAA Ocean Guardians Program; Follow up with the Intern at UCSC

-Development of member’s new ideas, and the international project; 

-Keep posting plastic pollution updates and solutions on the Sustainability Committee Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SVRSustainability/; etc.

Scotts Valley Rotary Sustainability Committee 2015 Year Report 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Scotts Valley Rotarians,
Here is information on our trip to Cambodia to do the Feeding dreams Cambodia Vocational Training Center project.  We would love to have you come.   It will be a lot of fun and you can choose how much time you want to spend.  I suggest at least two weeks due to the travel distance and time change.  Here is a chance to get a real hands-on Rotary experience working with the children in Cambodia and helping them to learn the vocational skills they need to obtain a job and get out of poverty.    Below is information about the Rotary Convention and the Cambodia portion of the trip.  Attached is information about the Myanmar portion.  Let Rosanna or I know if you are interested in going with us or if you would like any more information.
Cambodia Champions,
I am working on our trip to Cambodia this summer.  Because travelers are doing different things and some would like to go to the RI convention and some go on to Myanmar, I decided to break the trip down into three parts.  You can choose to do only the project or add on the Rotary Convention or the Myanmar tour or both.
The first section is the Rotary convention which is May 28 through June 1.  If you would like to attend the convention you should book it on your own.  We are coordinating the Cambodia portion of the trip so that you can arrive in South Korea on May 28th (or earlier or later if it better suits your schedule).  Then you would need to book air travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia On June 2nd.  (Feel free to call me if you need some help booking this section.)
The second section is the actual project at Feeding Dreams and a little touring in Cambodia.  I will be working with Kerry to book this portion for you but it should be pretty reasonable.  You should arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia on June 2.  From Seoul, South Korea or California depending on whether you are attending the Rotary Convention.  I will book hotels for 6 nights.  The plan is to work in the school of Friday, the 5th, then tour Angkor Watt over the weekend, the 6th and 7th, and then back to the school for two days Monday, the 6th and Tuesday the 7th.  We will be having a dedication ceremony at Feeding Dream while we are in Siem Reap.  Then, we will rent transportation and travel to Phnom Phen, stopping at Pursat to visit with our host Rotary club.  We will spend two nights in Phnom Pehn and visit the Killing Fields and other sites.  I will be booking this and should get prices to you over the next week or so.  It should be very reasonable, I am hoping nor more than $500 to $600 depending on how expensive the tours will be.  If you are not going on to the third section, you should book your flight home out of Phnom Pehn.
The third section is a tour of Myanmar from June 10 through 16th.  Information on this tour is attached and it includes air fare from Phnom Pehn to Myanmar.  I am booking this tour directly with the tour company that we used for our last trip and they are giving us a really great price.  We need at least 10 people to book this tour and I will have to collect money from each of you and pay the deposit myself.  You can pay the balance with a credit card.
Please get back to me as soon as you can and let me know what you would like to do.  If you have decided not to go, please let me know that as well.  Also, feel free to invite others in your club.
Feeding dreams Cambodia Vocational Training Center project 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Karen Shea receiving a Harris Fellow pin from President Tony Giannotti 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Christmas Party 2016-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Teresa and Gary Landers' Peace Corps adventure in Botswana 2015-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Dear friends,
Holiday greetings from the Laugharn family! 2015 has been a good year for us - see below for a small album of pictures.
We have moved to Agoura Hills near Los Angeles, where Peter will become the President of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in January.  The Hilton Foundation funds work on homelessness, foster youth, and substance prevention in Los Angeles, on water and vulnerable children in Africa, and also supports Catholic Sisters in the United States and in Africa.  

Marie started the year introducing a group of graduate students from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies to Rwanda in January.  In June and July, we were back in Rwanda for a four week family visit, followed by a week in The Hague and London. 

Marc is 19 and in his year at Harvey Mudd College in Los Angeles, where he is majoring in computer science.  Lily and Kate will be 15 in February. They are ninth graders at Agoura High School, and both are learning French (there goes their parents' secret language!).
We hope your year has been good, and your holiday season brings you together with people you care about.
- Peter, Marie, Marc, Lily, and Kate Laugharn
Seasons Greetings from the Laugharn Family 2015-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Dear club members,
The next book we are reading is The Nazi Officer's Wife, by Edith Hahn Beer. It is a story of one woman's survival of the holocaust. We would love to have you join us. The book is available on Amazon. We will be reviewing the book on January 7, 2016. We meet at Ron Sekkel's office at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there our discussion should be interesting.
Charlene McIntyre 
Rotary Book Club 2015-12-19 00:00:00Z 0

Scotts Valley Rotary had a busy December.


We heard from Jackie Nunez at The Last Plastic Straw. Their mission is to educate the public about the absurdity of single use plastic, its effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans. They aim to eliminate from the source, the use of single use plastic.

Check out their website to find out about one simple act that you can do to help- http://thelastplasticstraw.org



Carol Childers spoke to us about Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County which is part of the Community Bridges family of programs. Their mission is - Enhancing lives through healthy meals and friendly human contact. Nurturing elders at one of five dining sites, or meals delivered to the home. Our club is looking at getting more involved with Meals on Wheels and Interacters, and hopefully another club or two. Stay tuned for more info. 



We were honored to have Rotary District 5170 Governor, Susan Valenta speak to our club this month. She received a warm welcome from Scotts Valley Club President Tony Giannotti, Assistant Governor, Cheryl Rebottaro, Rotaract past President Jessie Case, and club members.



Our Club was recognized by the Rotary Foundation for our financial support of the End Polio Now: Make History Today Campagin. Go Scotts Valley Rotary!


Rotary roundup 2015-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Holiday Greetings from COANIQUEM Child 2015-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarians,
Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to help assemble Food Baskets on December 23rd.  See information below.  If you are interested please respond to Dick Scoppettone.  dick@littlebiz.us.
Merry Christmas,
Hi Georgie,
I just got a call from Carol Childers. She needs some help assembling food baskets next Wed., Dec. 23 at 10AM at the Live Oak Senior Center, 1777 Capitola Road. Can you do an email blast to our gang to see who might be interested? Carol’s number is 831 464-3180 X105.
Food baskets for Meals on Wheels 2015-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
This month the Scotts Valley vocational visit was to Zero Motorcycles. They are the next step in motorcycle evolution. By combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology, Zero produces high performance electric motorcycles that are lightweight, efficient, fast off the line and fun to ride.
We got to hear Mayor Dene Bustichi update us on the latest information about what is happening with Scotts Valley, specifically, State of the City, Finance, Water, Business Development, and the Town Center. 
Fellow Scotts Valley Rotarian, Mark Stone (California State Assembly) gave us an update on the latest happenings in the California State Assembly. He provided us with a legislative update, spoke about the past year in Sacramento, and then opened it up for any questions.
On November 30th, we look forward to the 'Last Plastic Straw' (Jackie Nunez). They strive to educate the public about the absurdity of single use plastic, its effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans. They aim to eliminate from the source, the use of single use plastic.
Recent speakers 2015-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Community Service meeting minutes for 11/19/2015 Dick Scoppettone 2015-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrizia Materassi
Presentation at the Rotary Club San Jose East/Evergreen 11-19/15
Patrizia accepting a gift from the President of the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen for having done the presentation in Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans.
Plastic Pollution in the Oceans by Patrizia Materassi Patrizia Materassi 2015-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
As a result of our recent workshop, PE Rosanna listed the action items that we need to work on to improve our club.
First Impressions
- Introduce all guests and visitors to officers and members
- Greeter at the entrance
- Guest book for contact information
New Member Induction
- Invite significant others to new member induction
- Ensure the induction is personal, focus on information about     the new member
New Member Orientation
- Send welcome letter and information via email or snail mail
- New member assessment for participation
- New member satisfaction assessment
Friendship, Variety and Communications
- Regular scheduled social events
- Inter-club events 
- Friend our club's Facebook page
Program Planning and Meeting Organization
- Annual club evaluation form
Membership Strength
- Grow membership annual
- Promote club in our community
- Membership development program
- Feature the benefits of Membership
- Protocol for following up with members who are not involved
Vocations and Professions
- Re-introduce current members
Recognizing Accomplishments
- Recognition awards
- Progress chart for projects
- Formal recognition for Member achievements
- Club and member achievements publicized 
Action Items from Workshop 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
The Scotts Valley Rotary Club is proud to have inducted Monique Bourin into our Club.  Her sponsor is Patrizia Materassi.  Welcome Monique, we are looking forward to getting to know you.
WELCOME MONIQUE 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georgie Hildebrand
Rising International Area 7 Mixer and Fundraiser for Thursday November 19th 5:30-7:30 pm at Michael's on Main in Soquel.

We will have heavy appetizers and a no-host bar, there will be a speaker from Rising International and the opportunity to purchase crafts and jewelry with the proceeds going towards helping women and children out of human trafficking situations.

Tickets are $25 per person (free to Rotaract and exchange students) about $20 of this will cover the food costs and $5 per person will go to Rising International. 

I hope that this will also be a great opportunity to kick off the holiday season and be a great area mixer!

If you could please get numbers from your clubs so that I can order the appropriate amount of food by next Wednesday - that would be GREAT! 

Please let me know if you have any questions! 

thanks so much - look forward to hearing from you!

SC Sunrise
Rotary Area 7 Mixer for Rising International Georgie Hildebrand 2015-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Club Assembly Mandatory Attendance
Last minute planning for Johnny Cash Event
All Rotarians are requested to attend this important meeting to plan for the Johnny Cash event.  We need all Rotarians to help work out all of the last minute details.
May 16th: Club Assembly 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0

This month for Scotts Valley Rotary was full of treats.



Honorary Rotary member, Scotts Valley Police Chief, John Weiss gave us an update on the Scotts Valley police department. 

Camilla Boolootian, a Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotarian, and Corporate Development Officer of the Central Coast American Red Cross presented the importance of having an adequate blood supply and why local blood drives are critical to ensuring an adequate blood Supply.


We were treated to an episode of the new TV show, Catty Wompus by local Directors/Producers/Co-creators Julie Howe & Craig Comstock.

The entire show is filmed in Santa Cruz county and uses local talent. Craig is the husband of our own Rotarian, Council member Pamela Comstock!


Rosanna Herrera and Ron Sekkel presented parts 1 & 2 of Membership the Rotary Way. They presented the working definition of what Rotary is about these days- 'We're made up of local business professionals and Civic leaders. We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships, and through that, we're able to get things done in this community.'


Last of all, fellow Rotarian, Jens Winther & family came for a visit on their US trip and exchanged the Roskilde, Denmark Rotary flag for one of ours.



Rotary Digest Maria Cherem 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
I wanted to let you and your club colleagues know about a rare opportunity to see real Bangladesh life on the ground, meet the mothers and children of Amarok Society, and explore the far reaches of this unknown country by boat, plane, coach and car.
Nick Lawley of Paragon Travel (Toronto) and the Rotary Club of East York are hosting a 14-day tour of Bangladesh and Amarok's Schools. Returning from his first Bangladesh trip last year, Nick said, "It was eye opening, seeing mothers so eager to learn, and to take advantage of the opportunity to do better for their families - the teaching techniques were so different. The level of student participation and enthusiasm would be the envy of every educator".
Travelers visit Bangladesh from January 17th, 2016, to January 30th. During your visit to Bangladesh, Gem Munro  and our in-country staff will take you to Amarok's schools in Dhaka and Khulna, where you will come to know some of the mothers, children, and teachers, and see first-hand what Rotary is supporting.
The tour includes a 4-day river cruise to the UNESCO world heritage site Sundarbans National Park - the largest mangrove forest in the world. This is home to Bengal Tigers, saltwater crocodiles, macaques and many other native animals. You will then travel to the beautiful and wild Rangamati Hill District for a complete change in culture and geography.
In Dhaka you will also have the opportunity to visit with the members of the Dhaka Mid town, and Dhaka West Rotary Clubs, who are also involved with Amarok Society in Bangladesh.
During the tour you will stay in comfortable and affordable accommodations suitable for western visitors.
Included in the price of the tour will be a donation to Amarok Society, which we hope will be sufficient funds to operate one of the schools for a year.
Any interested members should contact Nick Lawley at  nick@paragontravel.com or contact us directly at amaroksociety.org@gmail.com or (416) 543-3550.
With best wishes,
Gabriel Munro
Update Amarok Society of Bangladesh 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Laureen presents our Club's contribution to PDG John Fischer, founder of Rotacare, with Scotts Valley's own PDG Ron Sekkel.
Bill Holl, one of our newest members, gives a presentation about his involvement with disability issues in his architecture business.
Recent Speakers Marie Sikora 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Presentations on Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans Patrizia Materassi 2015-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrizia Materassi
Jill Hitchman and Patrizia Materassi
Randy holding a "land line" phone which he will take to a Physics class
This is what I call "data encryption"
A motherboard that will be donated to the school
Volunteers hard at work
E-waste collection Patrizia Materassi 2015-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrizia Materassi

Dear Rotarians, here are the default dates for the upcoming meetings of the Sustainability Committee.  In this committee we "think green" and educate people on environmental sustainability.  We currently have an education project for plastic pollution in the oceans; help our fund raising events be green; and connect and join forces internationally with other Rotary environmental groups and fellowships.  Your are welcome to attend!  Contact Patrizia Materassi at 831 3342383 with your questions.


Meeting are on the second Mondays of the Month bi-monthly at Bruno's Barbecue at 11:15 AM, as follows:


October 12

December 14

February 8

April 11

June 13

August 8





Sustainability Committee Patrizia Materassi 2015-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotary Club President:
Congratulations on the beginning of a new and hopefully successful year of Rotary Service as a Club President.  I sincerely hope it is a wonderfully productive and satisfying experience for you. 
The purpose of this correspondence is to announce an upcoming trip to Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa in November 2015 to participate in a polio immunization exerciseattend the 10th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project.  Attached is detailed trip information.  Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians in your club as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled in the next week or two.
Trip Dates:                         November 10 – 19, 2015
Travel to:                            Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa
Per Person Price:              $1,779, double occupancy
Program includes:            Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary and fellowship events, sightseeing, etc.
In November 2015, North American Rotarians will travel to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, for a life changing experience.   Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant?  These trips have a profound effect upon the individual.  For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.
The experiences you have stay with you forever.  You get up early in the morning, travel with local Rotarians to a village, health clinic or impoverished neighborhood, and for the next few hours, you change.  Small children come up to you to say thank you.  Mothers and fathers smile at you knowing that you are giving their child a chance for a better life.  You meet with the leaders in the village to learn of their needs and their hopes.  It is hot; it is dusty; it makes you uncomfortable; it is exquisite.  
The West Africa Project Fair is endorsed by Rotary’s Reach Out to Africa Committee (ROTA), who is trying to generate greater connectivity between the African and North American Rotarians to generate greater support of the projects of Africa.  Your involvement, or your club’s involvement, in this Fair would not only provide an opportunity for project support, it would also help your members to grow and to understand the benefits of being a Rotarian.  Involvement in Rotary gives the ordinary Rotarian extraordinary opportunities to do things that they could never do anywhere else.  This trip is just such an experience. 
Even if you are unable to join us this year, please feel free to announce this program in your club over the next month, get it on websites, and get it in newsletters.  Encourage your members to participate – help them to Be a Gift to the World.
Let us know if you have any questions.   We hope to hear from you soon.
Bradford R. Howard
Rotary International Director,
Zones 25-26, 2015-2017
Polio Immunization and West Africa Project Fair Trip for Rotarians - November 2015 2015-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrizia Materassi
Festival of the Book appreciation - I would like to thank all the Rotarians and Library volunteers who fed 700 kids-book readers at the Festival of the Book on July 26!  The volunteers included:  Ben Hicks, President Tony Giannotti, Rosanna Herrera from Brunos Barbecue, Laureen Yungmeyer from State Farm, Kim Shultz, SV School District Board member, Steve Solberg, James Hernandes, and Ashlyn and Cliff Bodamer, Monique of Ben Lomond, Maile McGreen-Frede, Ashlin Adams, Holly and Laura Whaley, the Santa Cruz Libraries organizer.
I like to give a special thanks to Marc Winquist, Ledyards Santa Cruz-performance food services, and Rosanna Herrera for they were fundamental in the recent Festival of the Book event. Marc started the order/the ball rolling, staff at the Ledyards Foods provided at-cost discount even though Steve Rebottaro and Cheryl were in vacation, and Rosanna of Bruno's brought her big grill and together with Laureen grilled all the hot dogs!  I tried a hot dog- It was the best hotdog I ever ate! You all rock! 😊👏👏👏 Patrizia 
Festival of the Book Patrizia Materassi 2015-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Pictures from District 5170 Camp Ryla 2015 Patrizia Materassi 2015-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Here are some pictures from the teacher's appreciation breakfast this morning at the Scotts Valley High School. Toni Giannotti the president, John Weiss the Police Chief, Ron Sekkel, Randy Klein, Karen Shea, Rosanna Herrera, Danny Reber, Cindy Schuette, and Patrizia Materassi attended for the Rotary.  In addition, the SVSD Superintendent, SVSD Board Members, County School Superintendent and County Supervisor all attended as well. The event included a video with the updates of the various school areas. They all thanked the SV Rotary for our 15th year of supporting of this event! 
Teacher Appreciation Breakfast Patrizia Materassi 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georgie Hildebrand
Annual Roast and Toast 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Celebrate soon-to-be PDG Ed Jellen
Welcome soon-to-be DG Susan Valenta
Saratoga Springs
22801 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
Cost: $42 per person
6:00 PM No host bar & hor d’oeuvres
7:00 PM BBQ dinner, wine and dessert
8:00 PM Roast & Toast Ceremony
All Rotarians are invited and should RSVP if they plan to attend.
Dress: Casual—be prepared, it gets chilly!
Direct your questions to: Event Chair: Bob Barbatti (mbarbatti@aol.com)
Event Host: Lt. Governor Robert Kidd (robertfredkidd@gmail.com) Please RSVP by July 7, 2015
Georganna Hildebrand
Roast and Toast for DG Ed Jellen Georgie Hildebrand 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
President Tony has decided to have a General Assembly for his first meeting.  This will give him the opportunity to let us know his plans for the 2015/2016 Rotary Year.  He is also going to have committee chairs discuss opportunities for service and encourage all Scotts Valley Rotarians to join a committee.   Attendance is mandatory at General Assembly meetings. Please do not miss this important meeting.
President Tony's First Meeting - General Assembly - Mandatory Attendance Georgie Hildebrand 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

It's that time of the year again! We have always cut watermelon at Skypark, and handed it out for free to people waiting for fireworks. You should see the looks on their faces when we tell them it's free!! We need volunteers to cut for July 4th. Bring your knife, and a cutting board. It's sticky, good fun, so don't wear your Manolo's!!!


Details to follow!



Cheryl Rebottaro

Calling all 4th of July watermelon slicers! 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
We will be dark on July 6th for Independence Day 2015-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carrie Birkhofer

Hello Scotts Valley Rotary,


It's almost the end of June. And you know what that means...the end of another fantastic Rotary year and time for:


Laureen’s Debunking

Please join us in celebrating Laureen's year as Scotts Valley Rotary President!


Here are the details. 

Monday, June 29th  6:00pm

Malone's Grille

4402 Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066


Please click the link below to RSVP to the e-vite


Click Here to RSVP

Please wear RED & BLACK to celebrate Laureen's favorite colors!

The cost is $40 per person and includes salad, entree, dessert and wine. Payment will be collected upon arrival.


In lieu of a gift, and to honor Laureen’s theme of taking care of girls, please consider a monetary donation to Girls Inc. This organization is expanding into Santa Cruz County and their focus is to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold. Donations will be collected at the event and submitted to Girls Inc. in honor of Laureen and Scotts Valley Rotary. I will also have a photo album at the event for you to sign. 


There will be a fun activity and an opportunity for you to "roast and toast" our wonderful President. So be prepared to share and enjoy the festivities. Family members are welcome! Just include them in the RSVP. Thanks!



Carrie Birkhofer

Past President

Laureen's debunking Carrie Birkhofer 2015-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Conference in São Paulo, Brazil Patrizia Materassi 2015-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrizia Materassi
The Rotary club of East Palo Alto providing a great example to other Rotary clubs by using no more plastic water bottles at their meetings. This was their commitment after Patrizia's presentation on Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans. 
Gloria Flores
East Palo Alto Rotary stops using plastic bottles at meetings Patrizia Materassi 2015-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georgie Hildebrand
I am pleased to send the latest greeting from the burned child sponsored by the Rotary Club of Scotts Valley.
Thank you for the continuing support for the burned children!
Carolyn  Schuetz, Director/Treasurer
COANIQIUEM Burned Children Foundation
Greetings from COANIQUEM Child Georgie Hildebrand 2015-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
We also had guests (Joseph & Orlanda) from from the Avenida Club Paulista of São Paulo. President Laureen presented Joseph with our Rotary flag.
Avenida Club Paulista of São Paulo 2015-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Perhaps some of you are familiar with Project Amigo. If not, it is an organization that provides education to the poor children of Colima, Mexico.
Project Amigo 2015-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Update on the City of Scotts Valley

Mayor Dene Bustichi will be updating us on the latest information about what is happening with Scotts Valley.  He will be addressing the following topics; State of the City, Finance, Water, Business Development, and the Town Center.  He will also be able to answer any questions you may have about the city.

Dene Bustichi is a lifelong resident of Scotts Valley.  Dene is a father of two and has owned various businesses over the years.  He is currently involved in consulting work for land and project development and is also working with his son in construction.

Dene is also an instructor at Santa Cruz High School where he teaches Construction Technology.  He is the current Board Chair of Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District and a member of the Scotts Valley Kiwanis, Santa Cruz Moose Lodge and Vice Chair of Valley Churches United.

November 9th speaker: Mayor Dene Bustichi 2015-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Zeda Dowell receiving her Blue Badge Maria Cherem 2015-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Maria Cherem
Stuart Rosenstein, chair of the Queer Youth Task Force since 2000. 
Stuart has worked on queer youth issues for the last 13 years. He has also served on several boards that address the needs of the general LGBTIQ community including PFLAG-Santa Cruz County and the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County. He is an alumni of UCSC, Kresge ’99, where he studied American Studies. Before moving to Santa Cruz in 1997, while living in Los Angeles, he was a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Western Region. The homophobia he faced growing up in Texas feeds his hopes in creating a safer space for queer youth and the community at large.
Our meeting last week featured the wonderful work of Girls Inc of the Central Coast. This year they will be moving into Santa Cruz County. For more info, you can visit their website: http://www.girlsinccc.org/
On April 28th, guests Slavcho Lachinov, Dimitar (Dimitri) Vakanchin, and Georgi Polezhanov visited from the Bansko/Razlog Rotary Club in Bulgaria.

Our President, 
Laureen Yungmeyer , exchanged Rotary flags and posed for pictures with Bob Pagett from Assist International. The Bulgarian club is currently working working on a project with Bob.
Recent speakers and guests Maria Cherem 2015-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Scotts Valley Rotarians,

If you haven't already purchased your tickets for the Scotts Valley Trivia Challenge, why not buy them through our on-line website? You will avoid the hassle of buying them at the door.  It is easy to do and you can use a credit card.  Then, you simply print out your ticket and show them at the door.

Here is the link:


See you there,

Scotts Valley Trivia Challenge Georgie Hildebrand 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Presentation on Plastics in the World's Ocean by Patrizia Materassi at the San Lorenzo Valley Rotary Patrizia Materassi 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Patty Fernandez

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast is a nonprofit organization. Our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold, to respect themselves and the world around them.  We focus on leadership and self-empowerment through programs conducted after school at high schools, middle and elementary schools. Programs to assist with developing skills in decision-making, goal setting, facilitation, public speaking, program planning and academic pursuits. Our core programs are: ECHO Leadership, Youth Leaders, Smart Choices, Will Power/Won’t Power®, Friendly PEERsuasion®, Growing Together® and Strong, Smart and Bold Summer Camps.

Patty is the Excutive Director of Girls Inc. of the Central Coast she has been with the organization for over 11 years.  She oversees current programs, and plans and implements program expansion of Girls Inc., which now serves 1000 girls ages 8-19 years old.  Patty prepares and administers annual budgets, reports, program evaluations and coordinates fundraising and outreach events.  http://www.girlsinccc.org

May 9th speaker: Patty Fernandez, Girls Inc. 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlene McIntyre
Hello friends. Fellowship in Motion is planning a field trip this Saturday, May 2. We have 20 complimentary tickets on the Roaring Camp train to the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. The train departs at 10:15. There is plenty to do including: shopping at the boardwalk, picnic on the beach, museum, sitting in the sun or shade and doing nothing at all! Please RSVP to me so we know how many are coming. Return trains leave the boardwalk at 12:15 and 4:15. You can return on either train. Parking at Roaring Camp is $8.00 per vehicle so we want to encourage carpools. If you have a state park pass, it is a shorter walk from Henry Cowell to the train. Bring your lunch as there are plenty of picnic areas. 
Hope you can join us. Family is welcome as always. 
or 408-482-8641
Fellowship in Motion Charlene McIntyre 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Patrizia Materassi presenting to Rotary Club of FUN Sunset Patrizia Materassi 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotary Club and District 5170 leaders,
I have received numerous inquiries as to how Rotarians in our district can help the victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal.  There are several ways.  First, Rotary District 3292 in Nepal has set up a disaster relief fund to help victims in the hardest hit areas. Immediate funds will go towards food, water, medical supplies, and shelter.  District 3292 is also working on long term support plans.  If you wish to contribute to this fund, you may send a check payable to the Rotary District 5170 Foundation, marking your check “Nepal Earthquake Relief.”  Such checks can be mailed to the attention of Dennis Young, District Foundation Treasurer, 2570 W El Camino Real #150, Mountain View, CA 94040.  The District Foundation will then send the funds on to Rotary District 3292’s disaster relief fund.  Dennis’s telephone no. is (650) 209-1811 and his email address is dennis@yccllp.com if you need to contact him. 
Second, we do have transmittal information if you wish to send your check directly to District 3292’s disaster relief fund.  Please contact Brittany Overbeck at the District Office if this is how you prefer to proceed.  
Third, Rotary International partner ShelterBox is sending a response team to the affected areas to determine immediate needs. Because of previous disasters in Nepal, the group already has tents and other nonfood items ready for deployment.  ShelterBox has advised me that it cannot accept donations restricted to Nepal,  but that your support will help it provide emergency aid to families affected by the earthquake in Nepal as well as survivors affected by disaster across the world.  For more information about ShelterBox, you may visit http://www.shelterbox.org/.  If you have questions, you can email relief@Rotary.org.   
Club presidents, please pass the above information on to your members, or feel free to forward this email to them. 
I hope the above helps.  
Ed Jellen
District Governor 
District 5170
510-502-5729 (cell)
Nepal Disaster Relief 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Scotts Valley Student Recognition Awards Maria Cherem 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Maria Cherem
Connie Fortunato is working to start a Music Camp International After School Program


Music Camp International is working with District 5230 to write a Global Grant to start an after school music program in Pata Rat, Romania. In this community, families literally live in the dump. This Grant funds an after school program that teaches children music and focuses on literacy. The after school program is an incentive for the poor children to stay in school and keeps them busy and away from gangs.

Connie Fortunato of Music Camp International After School Program Maria Cherem 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laureen Yungmeyer

A message from President Laureen….

Attendance and participation in our club is important to each of us—both from a sense of community and from being an active member of a service club.  However, I want to acknowledge that sometimes life circumstances prevent members from attending a meeting.  Our Club has never demanded 100% attendance but regular attendance or make-ups are recommended.  Therefore, at the last meeting of the Board, I requested that it be clarified as to what activities constitute “a make-up meeting” for attendance purposes.   

  • Any member doing regular Rotary work at the District Level, or for Interact and/or Rotaract will be considered as having 100% attendance
  • Other members can make up a meeting by any activity that is Rotary related such as online meetings, attending another club’s meeting, attending a District or Area function, or significant time spent on Rotary Committee work.

In the spirit of the Four Way Test---It will be up to individual members to advise Marc Winquist, or the person checking you into the next meeting you attend, of your make-up so that he can record it for the records that we submit to Rotary International who does keep track of every clubs’ attendance and attendance is one of the standards used for the Presidents Citation  that is awarded to top performing clubs.

Here is a link to online meeting information: https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/learning-reference/learn-topic/e-clubs

As a Board, we are discussing the potential of incorporating some evening or Happy Hour style meetings into our Rotary Calendar.

Yours in service,




A message from President Laureen Laureen Yungmeyer 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Presentation of Plastic in the World's Oceans at the Scotts Valley High School Patrizia Materassi 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Stuart Rosenstein, Director of the Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County, will give a brief overview of the Task Force's Leadership Development Program for Youth, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Summits, Safe Schools Program, Adult Ally Project and it's upcoming 18th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards, which honors LGBT Youth Leaders & Allies who work to make the community a safer place. Volunteer opportunities and a Q & A will follow.

About the Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County

Our Vision of the Future

A vibrant community where every youth thrives in their expression of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.

Our Mission

The Queer Youth Task Force (QYTF) is comprised of individuals and organizations that work with, or support, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) youth.  We strive to improve the quality of life for all LGBTIQ youth in our community, as well as children raised in homes where LGBTIQ people live by:

  • Fostering strong inter-generational collaboration by soliciting feedback from, and working with, youth.
  • Identifying queer youths’ unmet needs and evaluating responses.
  • Strategizing and implementing new resources, and improvements to existing resources.
  • Improving awareness of available community resources and fostering collaboration of services.
  • Supporting LGBTIQ related education, advocacy, inter-agency interactions and media opportunities.
  • Addressing perceptions of queer youth by themselves, their families, their schools and the community.

Our mission is intended to proactively enhance understanding and respond if oppression occurs.

Our Programs

  • Safe Schools Project
  • Trans* Teen Project
  • Queer Youth Leadership Awards
  • Adult Ally Project
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Queer Youth & Ally Council

For more information, visit http://www.QYTF.org


About Stuart Rosenstein

Stuart Rosenstein
Chair, Queer Youth Task Force

Stuart Rosenstein, chair of the Task Force since 2000, has worked on queer youth issues for the last 13 years. He has also served on several boards that address the needs of the general LGBTIQ community including PFLAG-Santa Cruz County and the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County. He is an alumni of UCSC, Kresge ’99, where he studied American Studies. Before moving to Santa Cruz in 1997, while living in Los Angeles, he was a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Western Region. The homophobia he faced growing up in Texas feeds his hopes in creating a safer space for queer youth and the community at large.

May 4th: Stuart Rosenstein, Queer Youth Task Force 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
We had a very special day with the Interact Club at Scotts Valley Middle School.
For a community service project the kids decided they wanted to help Flynn Post. For those who don't know, Flynn and his wife Kelly own the store, Cali Style here in Scotts Valley. Flynn is currently fighting a battle with cancer. Kelly and Flynn are also the proud new parents of a beautiful baby girl named Leah Grace Post.
We invited Flynn to today's Interact meeting and told him that the kids did something special for him and wanted to meet him in person. All on their own, our Interacters sold raffle tickets and were able to raise over $800. So today they presented Flynn with the check. It was quite a beautiful emotional moment. You could really feel the love in the room. Flynn was so moved that he went around the room and gave each and every kid a hug (I wish we could show all of the pictures but we can't because they are minors). It was such an inspiring moment, between the kids and their heartfelt gesture and Flynn with his positive attitude, it was hard to hold back the tears.
We are so proud of our Interacters and so inspired by Flynn's courageous attitude.


Thank you Flynn for coming to visit and kudos to our Scotts Valley Middle School Interact Club.
Scotts Valley Middle School Interact Club Special Project 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Laureen  enjoys her hat, before it was stolen at the White Elephant exchange!
D570 Global Grant Scholar, Andonis Marden, and Jim Sikora share tales of Andonis'  study at Oxford.
Peace Corps Volunteers present their stories about their PC work in Albania.
Bill Holl entertains us at his induction ceremony.
President Laureen spreads Rotary Magic over Bill.
Our newest member is Edward Berr, being mentored by Marc Winquist.
Recent Photos Marie Sikora 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrizia Materassi
Patrizia serving drinks
Kim Shultz dealing and wheeling
Yesenia Parra, the Administrative Services Officer for the Santa Cruz County Transportation Commission, serving drinks.
Craps table
All of the profits from this fundraiser go towards Freedom Rotary Club projects and charities
Pictures from Casino Night at Freedom Rotary Club fundraiser Patrizia Materassi 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

The purpose of my presentation is to let owners and tenants of public accommodations know that they are at risk of being sued for denying access to persons with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and what they can do to protect themselves. The California Building Code (CBC) contains Chapter 11B, Accessibility to Public Accommodations. This is the only code enforced by the State Architect and local Building Officials. The ADA is a federal civil rights law and is enforced by lawsuits in state and federal courts. Unlike the state code, the ADA does not grandfather in properties prior to its enactment in 1992 but rather requires that all barriers to accessibility be removed if doing so is "readily achievable", meaning without much difficulty or expense. There are persons with disabilities filing lawsuits at an alarming rate seeking a minimum of $4,000 per violation, and older facilities are at a greater risk.

Bill is an Architect with more that thirty-five years of experience and a Certified Access Specialist (CASp), a certification given by the Division of the State Architect to those who have proven that they are experts on federal and state accessibility laws.

March 30th speaker: Bill Holl, ADA update 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary in Motion Fellowship Hike Georgie Hildebrand 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Rebottaro on Jun 30, 2014

No lunch meeting this Monday, instead we are going to be having a great time celebrating Carrie's year and doing a stellar job of debunking her!  Cheryl is organizing the festivities and Carrie won't be the only one having fun.   RSVP to Cheryl to let her know if you will be joining the celebration.

There will be no-host cocktails on the patio from 5:30-6:00pm.

At 6pm, we will have salads and wine poured

Our menu is:

Salinas Greens Salad with orange vinaigrette-tomatoes-carrots-spiced pecans and mandarin oranges Chicken Marsala Garlic Mashed Potatoes Fresh Veggies Sour Dough Roll with Butter

Chocolate Fondant & Lemon Cake



Red Wine

Price per person is $35, and this includes sales tax and gratuity.

Come Celebrate Carrie's Year Cheryl Rebottaro 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Sep 18, 2011
The Scotts Valley Rotary Club is proud to announce that Teresa Landers has been inducted into our club.  Teresa is the director of the Santa Cruz County Libraries and she got to know our Rotary Club through the work we did with the new Scotts Valley Library.  She lives with her husband Gary and dog Kodi in Felton.  She enjoys cooking, canoeing and walking Kodi.  She has a long history of community service and is excited about joing with the Scotts Valley Rotary to continue service both locally and internationally.  We all welcome Teresa to our Club.
Teresa Landers inducted into the Scotts Valley Rotary Georganna Hildebrand 2011-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Comstock on Sep 15, 2011

 Thank you to everyone who attended the Oktoberfest planning session.

Donna Brown is scheduled to speak to our club on Monday the 19th. This will be an educational presentation on long term care planning. This is an issue that affects 3 out of 4 Americans and, in fact, the campaign is called 3 in 4 Need More. The purpose of the campaign is to provide awareness and education to Americans on all their long term care planning options. The 3 in 4 Need More website is listed below if you would like to learn more about their passion to provide awareness and education. The campaign kickoff took place this May in Times Square and is traveling by bus around the country delivering the 3 in 4 Need More message at each stop. The speaker who will be presenting this information at our club is local and is a professional presenter on long term care awareness.

 While everyone might not need long term care insurance, everyone should have a long term care plan. 3in4 website: www.3in4needmore.com

Long Term Care Planning Pamela Comstock 2011-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Randy Klein on Sep 09, 2011
 Thanks to Mike McMurry for organizing another successful E-Waste Event in conjunction with the city of Scotts Valley.  Rotarians and Interactors collected a lot of old computers, appliances etc.  Good for the Club we made a little money, Good for the Community to get rid of the junk and Good for the Environment to properly dispose of this E-Waste.
E-Waste, another successful event Randy Klein 2011-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Comstock on Sep 07, 2011


Where we’ve been and where we’re going:

First, I want to thank each one of you for being in the Rotary Club of Scotts Valley and for contributing your precious time and energy to the many projects and events that make being a member so rewarding and that raise the funds for the work that we do.


So far this year we have already served the community by:

1.       serving watermelon at the City Fourth of July celebration,

2.       serving refreshments at the Arts and Wine Festival

3.       serving our young people of the Interact Club of SVHS,

4.       and by sponsoring the Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast at SVHS (Penny Weaver, the new SVUSD Superintendant of Schools, presided and gave us a big compliment that was reported on in the “Scotts Valley Patch” online Newspaper).

But these are just the beginning to a year that is being dedicated to community service and to our young people, especially those in need of support.

Upcoming events are:

1.       e-waste collection at the SV Fire Department this coming Saturday, the 10th beginning at 8AM through about noon (as the need shows itself). Running in parallel is the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation’s (SVEF) Community day to raise money for our schools.

2.      On Sunday, September 25th, is the Music At The Park event where most of the service clubs of Scotts Valley take their turn to raise money for SVEF and for our own club. We will be serving linguica sausage on sourdough, hot with condiments and potato salad. Dennis Culp is spearheading this event and will need all the help you can offer for this upcoming wonderful day of service for the Scotts Valley Community.

3.       Then comes the “big one” on October 8th at Malone’s: OKTOBERFEST. Rob Slawinski and Don Ditlevsen, together with Patrizia Materassi, Jack Marden and others are working to put together a fun and GREEN event. We need all hands on deck for this event as it is one that the community has come to appreciate over the years. Your contribution of time and, if you can, the purchasing a corporate table, will help us to serve Scotts Valley in so many ways in the future.


4.      Sheryl and Karen are diligently collecting for the Rotary Foundation with our goal of “Every Rotarian, Every Year.” So far we are off to a fast start. Please donate whatever you can to this fund that helps us serve the “poorest of the poor” every year.


5.      Dennis Culp and his family is hosting our Rotary exchange student, Luchia Macchi, from Argentina, who is attending Scotts Valley High School as a senior.


6.      The process for a new Scotts Valley Rotary 5-year strategic plan is in process too.


7.      Judge Denine Guy, Junevile court Judge, is coming later in October to tell us about children at risk.


8.      The Interact Clubs are working together and with us to do more joint service projects…and are they ever busy!


9.      Georgie is working hard on a new, two-year Guatemala project in cooperation with other Rotary Clubs in our area.


These are but a sampling of what is ahead of us, including the usual unknowns that I will share with you as soon as they become known! More importantly, thank you very much for all that you do for the Scotts Valley Rotary and the communities that you live in.




President’s message September 8, 2011 Pamela Comstock 2011-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Comstock on Aug 30, 2011

Please note the Rotary sponsored eWaste event is Saturday September 10th. Please contact Mike McMurry if you are interested in volunteering.

Oktoberfest is just about a month away. At Monday's meeting we will focus on planning the event. This is a Club Assembly. We need all hands on board.  

We are still in need of a few big ticket auction items. Please contact Rob Slawinski if you have an item to donate.

Club Assembly on Monday September 12th Pamela Comstock 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Comstock on Aug 24, 2011

Thank you to everyone who attended the Scotts Valley School District teachers and administrators Back to School breakfast. We had a great turn out!

Monday’s meeting will be a RYLA recap by our Scotts Valley High Interact Club

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

Have a great Weekend!

Monday’s Meeting: RYLA recap by our Scotts Valley High Interact Club Pamela Comstock 2011-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Randy Klein on Jul 13, 2011

 As many of you know, Jimmy worked with our club during his year to develop a five year plan.  We have done an excellent job of following that plan and meeting our goals.  Now, it is time to plan the next 5 years.  Don't miss our meeting on Monday as we continue with the process of planning out the next five years for our club!

Club Assembly to develop next five year plan on Monday Randy Klein 2011-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Sikora on Jul 12, 2011
 Hello friends-

I received an early call from Jim (6:45 am !!) to tell me that surgery was NOT happening today, Tuesday.  Because Stanford is a trauma center for the bay area, there are lots of surgeries and his is not life threatening, so they are holding him till space / surgeons are available.  It will be a team of doctors led by the chief expert on femur / hip reconstructions.

Update on Jim Sikora Marie Sikora 2011-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome Zeda Dowell our newest Scotts Valley Rotarian Charlene McIntyre 2011-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Jun 07, 2011
 Most of you know that the 50s Summer Nights was a huge success.  Attendance was good in spite of the weather.  Cheryl worked a miracle and managed to procure a tent at the last minutes.  We don't have the financial results but I believe we were very successful in raising money for Kendra and meeting Rotary's needs.  Most importantly, it was so much fun.  We should have pictures later this week that we will get posted to the website.  Again, a big congratulations to all the Scotts Valley Rotarians who worked so hard on this event.  With special congratulations to Cheryl Rebottaro who managed the whole event ( and actually managed to stay sane).
50s Summer Nights a Huge Success Georganna Hildebrand 2011-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on May 27, 2011

Scotts Valley Rotarians treated our visitors from India to a Memorial Day Barbeque complete with veggie burgers for our vegetarian guests.  Over 30 people attended the barbeque including two potential members for the Scotts Valley Rotary.  Rotarians from several different clubs including two from India and one from the Ukraine.It was great getting to know our new friends better and, of course, we did the traditional exchanging of flags.

Friendship Exchange is a Rotary Program where local Rotarians host visiting Rotarians in their homes and show them the local sights.   It is a chance to get to know Rotarians from other countries.   Georgie & Andy Hildebrand hosted the group leader, Dhiran Datta.  Patrizia Materassi & Kim Schultz hosted Sangeeta Jain, Alan & Margaret Dow hosted Alpana Mishra and Bill & Cindy Schuette hosted Nanditta Chibber.  Also, Rotarian Igor from the Ukraine was in the area and joined the party.

For more pictures go to our web site and click India Friendship Exchange under Journals.

Friendship Exchange BBQ a huge success Georganna Hildebrand 2011-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Donations in Memory of Ron Sekkel's mother Georganna Hildebrand 2011-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Comstock on May 18, 2011

Friends Outside of Santa Cruz County, a program of the Volunteer Center, is a chapter of a national nonprofit organization. We have been providing support in Santa Cruz to those incarcerated, their family members, and those recently released for over thirty years. Our primary mission is to end the cycles of recidivism, better known as the "revolving door cycle," through providing emotional support and providing information that can lead to positive changes.  Volunteers offer their services through Office Assisting, Jail Visiting, Kids Day's, Aftercare, R5 mentorship program, and our WRAP program (warrant reduction advocacy program). For more information click on this link Friends Outside

"Danielle Obinger has been the program director of Friends Outside since 2007. Since managing the program, Friends Outside has designed an art show, began a new mentoring program R5 and has increased the operating budget by 30%.

 Danielle has been a resident of Santa Cruz for more than 10 years,  where she originally relocated to attain her Bachelors in Psychology. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Appalachian trail restoration, and school restoration in Costa Rica. Locally she volunteered for Dominican Hospital and events for the Volunteer Center. Her passion for social justice led her to the Friends Outside and drives her to continue expansion of services to this misunderstood and misrepresented population."


If you have not done so already, Please bring your silent auction items and a bottle of wine for the wall of wine.  Thank you!

Monday May 23, 2011 Pamela Comstock 2011-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on May 10, 2011

 Our big fund raiser is less than 30 days away.  We need your help to make sure that this event is a big success.  All Scotts Valley Rotarians need to step up in four ways:

1) Sell Tickets!!!  Or buy a table.  We need to have people there to make money

2) Bring silent auction items to Cheryl Rebotarro's office.  We need more donations and the deadline is this Monday.  If you need time to pick up items, fill out the donation sheet or somehow get the information on what you are bringing to Cheryl. 

3) Every member needs to bring a bottle of wine for our "Wall of Wine" live auction item.  Please bring your best possible bottle of wine to ensure we get a great bid on this item.  (Hint, minimum value of the wine should be over $20)  You can also drop these off at Cheryl's office.

4) Sign up for a duty on the day of the event.  Let Cheryl know what you are willing to do.  Every Rotarians needs to help!


I know we can make this event successful by all pulling together.  Remember, Randy needs money to keep up our good work!!!


President Georgie

50s Summer Nights Event is less than 30 days away Georganna Hildebrand 2011-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on May 09, 2011

After working 14 years in financial services, the experiences of a close family friend with long term care issues drove home for Aaron Kancevicius the importance of early planning for families.  Aaron’s mission is to educate families about the potentially devastating financial and psychological costs of needing extended care, and helping them make well informed choices regarding this complex subject.  He volunteers with the Alzheimers Association, participating every year in the Walk to End Alzheimers, and speaks on the topic at every opportunity to provide families with the knowledge required to effectively plan for extended care.  Aaron is a native Californian.  He and his wife Darla, lived in Hawaii for 8 years, and now live here – in her home town of Santa Cruz.  


Special announcement about water conservation in Scotts Valley by Amanda Robinson.

Next Monday - Extended Care Planning Georganna Hildebrand 2011-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
International Convention May 21 - 25 Georganna Hildebrand 2011-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carrie Birkhofer on May 08, 2011

On Monday, May 9, 175 people gathered at Mount Hermon Conference Center to recognize the academic achievements of our brightest and most talented students in the Scotts Valley area. Our Rotary Club handed out 41 certificates of achievement and small cash rewards to middle and high school students while their families and club members cheered them on. To highlight the evening, four graduating seniors from SV High, two Bethany University students and one Cabrillo College nursing student delivered heart warming, inspirational speeches as they accepted college scholarships. One parent commented to me that this event made her whole family feel special - the sense of community pride was evident and it was a great honor for her daughter and her whole family to be recognized by the Rotary Club. Overall, the evening was deemed a success. 

Student Awards Dinner a great sucess Carrie Birkhofer 2011-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Schuette on May 06, 2011
Patrizia, Cindy and TS friends at the SC Volunteer Center Human Race on 5/7..
"Thank you Scotts Valley Rotary for being a 'Champion Team'. and for your donations and support for the Tourette Syndrome Assn."
Proceeds will be used for scholarships for youth to attend the National TSA Conference next year.  May 15-June 15 of each year is
Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month.  If you would like a brochure about TS. please ask Cindy.

Human Race May 7, 2011 Cynthia Schuette 2011-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on May 04, 2011
Because the Student Awards Dinner is on Monday night, our Board Meeting will be at noon on May 9th at my office, 231 Technology Circle, Scotts Valley.  Let me know if you will be attending and I can order you a sandwich.
Board Meeting this Monday at noon Georganna Hildebrand 2011-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carrie Birkhofer on May 02, 2011

This Monday, May 9th is the annual Student Awards Dinner.  This annual event honors students from Scotts Valley Schools with scholarships and achievment awards.  All Scotts Valley Rotarians should attend!  Come and see the brightest students in Scotts Valley receive the recognition they deserve. Over 150 students and their family attend this event.

Monday May 9th at the Mt. Herman Convention Center in Felton at 6:00 PM.

(Remember, no regular noon meeting)


Student Awards Dinner this Monday Carrie Birkhofer 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Show Us Your Hope Day - county event sponsored by American Cancer Society Jackie Maurer 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 26, 2011
Don't miss next Monday when we will be planning for our big event 50s Summer Nights.  It is really important that we spend the time to plan it right.  Cheryl will be leading the planning and we will devote the entire meeting to getting ready.  I understand that if you miss this meeting, Cheryl knows where you live!  Seriously, please come and help ensure our event is successful so Randy will have the funds to continue doing our great Rotary work.
Next Monday Club Assembly Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 20, 2011




DISTRICT CELEBRATION Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 19, 2011

Rotarians are honoring all the mothers in their life by donating $25 for each to help eradicate Polio.  A list of the mothers being honored is now on our web site www.scottsvalleyrotary.org.

ROTARIANS HONOR THEIR MOTHER Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Schuette on Apr 18, 2011

Andrew Craig, a graduate of Cal Poly with a BS degree in City and Regional planning  will be our speaker--Monday 4/25.

Andrew is a volunteer organizing a recycling program for the Sant Cruz Sister City, Jinotepe, Micaragua.  Join us at the meeting to hear about his work among the scavengers at the dump and his plans for educating the community about recycling and a cleaner environment.


"Scavengers at the dump"--A cleaner environment and recycling Cynthia Schuette 2011-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 17, 2011

District Governor Roger Hassler attended our meeting last Monday to bestow the "Unsung Hero" award on Jimmie Brewer.  This award recognizes Jimmie for all his quiet work behind the scenes.  Jimmie has worked with our club to develop and implement a five year plan.  He has coached the Board on how to improve membership and make our club the vibrant healthy club it is today.  In addition, Jimmie has volunteered his time to work with other clubs in the District.  We are so proud to have Jimmie in our club!


Jimmie Brewer is an Unsung Hero Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 17, 2011

The Rotary Club of Los Gatos has established a project to provide relief for those displaced by the recent Tsunami in Japan.  Their intention is to provide cash to Rotarians in Japan who, in turn, will distribute the funds for immediate assistance to those needing help the most. 

Rotary Club of Los Gatos: Japan Relief Project Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Marden on Apr 15, 2011
17 people helped on our Save our Shores project to clean up Seabright Beach on Saturday April 16th.  We collected 13 pounds of trash and 20 lbs of recycling.  I think we did a very good job.  
Save our Shores Beach Clean-up Day April 16 Jack Marden 2011-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 12, 2011
Charlene McIntyre, Marie Kagaju-Laugharn and I will be presenting our Guatemala Hospital project.  We have samples of textiles, lots of pictures and fun stories to share about the Scotts Valley Rotary project to equip two hospitals with medical equipment for their maternity wards.  Come learn about the good works out club did and learn all about Guatemala.
Don't miss this weeks meeting on the Guatemala Project Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 11, 2011
Help support one of our favorite charities, Helping Hands, Senior Home Repair.  Bittersweet Bistro is donating 33% of their proceeds to Helping Hands on Tuesday May 3rd.  come dine and help seniors in our area.  Bittersweet Bistro, Deer Park Shopping Center, 787 Rio Del Mar Clvd., Aptos, CA  95003   (831) 662-9799.  Let your server know that you are supporting Helping Hands Senior Home Repair program.
Fund Raiser for Helping Hands Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 10, 2011

We are proud to induct another new member to the Scotts Valley Rotary, Jackie Maurer.  Jimmie Brewer, Club Service Chair, had the honor of conducting the ceremony.  Maire Sikora stood in for sponsor Dannie Reber.


 Here is what Jackie says about herself and why she joing the Scotts Valley Rotary:

I am a medical assistant for Dr. Tyler in Felton. I have worked with him for over 20 years. Before that I was a preschool teacherfor many years at Mt. Hermon Playschool.  My life's passion is to be a part of finding a cure for cancer. I have been volunteeringwith the American Cancer Society for 11 years, ever since my

17 year old son got cancer. I am a volunteer with the Red Cross and spent

3 weeks in Louisianna after hurricane Katrina.  I have been married for 30 years and have 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. My husband and I were high school sweethearts. I would like to join the Rotary Club because it is another way to serve my community. At my first meeting as a guest, I could see that you are a group of caring people
Welcome Jackie Maurer, our newest Rotarian! Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 07, 2011
Recording studio installed at Scotts Valley High School
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Universal Audio president Matt Ward (from left), Scotts Valley Rotary s Jill Hitchman, Antares CEO Georganna Hildebrand and Jeff Forehan, director of commercial music at West Valley College, examine a new computer setup at Scotts Valley High School that will allow students to record and produce music. The group came together to donate the equipment and top-of-the-line software. Peter Burke/Press-Banner
Universal Audio president Matt Ward (from left), Scotts Valley Rotary's Jill Hitchman, Antares CEO Georganna Hildebrand and Jeff Forehan, director of commercial music at West Valley College, examine a new computer setup at Scotts Valley High School that will allow students to record and produce music. The group came together to donate the equipment and top-of-the-line software. Peter Burke/Press-Banner

Press Banner article on recording studio Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Marden on Apr 06, 2011

Here's a reminder that our beach cleanup falls on the Earth Day celebrations of Saturday April 16th from 10 am until noon.  Beaches around the county will be cleaned up, and our club is responsible for Seabright.  Bring your friends and family. 

Remember that everyone needs a waiver signed, and anyone under 18 needs a parent/guardian signature.  Please bring your reusable bags and gloves.  This counts for community service hours for students and I believe it fulfills a red badge requirement for a hands on project.

Save our Shores Beach Clean-up Day April 16 Jack Marden 2011-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 05, 2011
Dennis Culp, Randy Klein, Jim Sikora, Marie Sikora, Patrizia Materassi, Jom McCombs, Ron Sekkel, Georgie Hildebrand, Cheryl Rebotarro, Rob Slawinski, Charlene McIntyre, Jim Fortunatio and Don Odermann will be attending the District Assembly on Saturday.  We will report on what we learned on Monday. 
District Assembly Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 05, 2011
Our next Board Meeting is April 11th at the Scotts Valley Firestation at 6:00 PM.  The Board meetings are open to all Scotts Valley Rotarians and Red Badge members are urged to attend to find out more Rotary.
Board Meeting Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 05, 2011
All Scotts Valley Rotarians need to attend this Club Assembly.  All hands are needed as we get into the serious planning for our 50s Summer Night Event in June. We need everyones participation so that we can raise enough money to fund Randy's year and continue all the great projects.  Rob and Cheryl R. will be leading the Club in assigning tasks and planning for auction items.  If you don't attend this meeting, Cheryl will sign you up for something you may not like.  So be sure to be at the meeting on Monday.  Boardroom 3 on the third floor.
Club Assembly to Plan for our Big Event Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Apr 05, 2011

Darren DeMonsi was inducted on Monday and is now the newest member of the Scotts Valley Rotary.  His wife Janice witnessed the festivities.  

Darren works for EMQ Families First in Campbell as Manager for Fund Development. He has been volunteering with Campbell Rotary for several years so he has the Rotary spirit. Darren lives in Scotts Valley with his wife Janice and 3 year old son Evan. Evan attends the Circle of Friends preschool here in Scotts Valley. Darren likes to work around the house, play with family and surf (when he gets the time). He also enjoys reading and is reading the Croatian History of the Pajaro Valley. Darren would like to join our club to do service projects for the community of Scotts Valley.


Wecome aboard Darren, we are happy to have you as a member of our Club!

Welcome Darren DeMonsi our newest Rotarian Georganna Hildebrand 2011-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Mar 29, 2011
I am saddened to report that the numbers for polio for last year have been restated and ended up at 1,294. The disappointing part of the report was that two countries/area’s were the problem. The four endemic countries, except Pakistan, showed great progress, however, the two countries that had been polio-free for ten years showed enormous growth.  Tajikistani had 458 cases but none since July 4, 2010. The DR of the Congo and The Congo had 495 cases.  Those 953 cases significantly affected the total, so we are winning the war, but we lost a few battles. 


This year only 55 cases have been reported, of which only 18 from the four endemic countries.  So progress is being made, and we are helping.

Polio Update from District Governor Roger Hassler Georganna Hildebrand 2011-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Fortunato on Mar 28, 2011
 Connie Fortunato will updated us on Music Camp International. 

Music Camp International is a music day camp program that brings the healing gift of music to the children of Ukraine and Romania. In countries that have traditionally limited these opportunities to an elite few, MCI specializes in working with the disadvantaged, the orphans, and children in the social welfare system. All children participate, regardless of family or economic background. At the end of the week-long camp, a concert is presented on a major concert stage with the accompaniment of local symphony orchestras and professional musicians.

MCI believes that every child is created with the ability to learn and enjoy music. It is a process of discovering the "music within", developing it within a team, and then sharing that success with a community of family, friends and guests.


For more infomration click here Music Camp International

Speaker on Monday is Music Camp International James Fortunato 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Stop wishing for rain! Mike McMurry Georganna Hildebrand 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Mar 28, 2011

We visited Tapemation at our Monday meeting and learned all about high precision metal fabricating.  General Manager John Stepovich showed us how Tapemation fabricated the Mars Descent Module and wheels for the Mars Rover.  In addition, we learned how they fabricated the over the top atrium for a home in Beverly Hills.  Thanks so much to Dennis and the folks at Tapemation for this fun and informative meeting.


Visit to Tapemation Georganna Hildebrand 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Mar 26, 2011

Saturday, March 26, Jill Hitchman and Georgie Hildebrand worked with technicians from  Antares Audio Technologies and Universal Audio to install a state of the art music studio at Scotts Valley High School.  This is part of a project that will allow students to begin learning about music recording in Middle School and continue their training in High School  Foothill Community College and Cabrillo College are involved with the program to ensure that the training continues in college.  Beth Hollenbech, the Scotts Valley Scool District Music Instructor, is heading up the project.

 Here is an exerpt from the Scotts Valley High School Music Department Web Page:

New Recording Studio

Thanks to Universal Audio, Antares and Scotts Valley Rotary our school has a new recording studio! Grant Simmons and Zane Wurtz will be student interns helping to maintain and manage the studio with music teacher Beth Hollenbeck. Students in music classes will have an opportunity throughout the school year to record and compose music using Apple’s Logic Pro recording program.

Students get a lesson in recording

S.V. Rotary builds recording studio at Scotts Valey High School Georganna Hildebrand 2011-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Mar 25, 2011
Thanks to our New Generations Team, 3 lucky Scotts Valley students will receive new HP Computers.  Randy applied for a grant from Children at Risk and received three new HP laptops to distribute to children who need them.  The children apply for the computers by writing an essay as to why they need a computer.  To receive this grant, our club has to provide each student with 5 hours of training.  Thank you Jill, Marie S and Randy for agreeing to provide the training.
COMPUTERS FOR KIDS Georganna Hildebrand 2011-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand on Mar 24, 2011

Antares Audio Technologies donated  25% of their sales between March 20th and 22nd  to purchase ShelterBoxes to send to Japan. This effort resulted in a donation of $4,478.50 to ShelterBox on behalf of Roatry.  According to an interview with NPR, Japan desperately needs shelter for those displaced by the earthquake and Tsunami.  ShelterBox provides shelter for a family of 10.

Click for more information

Rotary sends ShelterBoxes to Japan

Families in Japan Receive Shelter Boxes

NPR Story on ShelterBox in Japan

Rotary Donates to ShelterBox to Aid Japan Georganna Hildebrand 2011-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Patrizia Materassi Speaks about Sustainability Georganna Hildebrand 2011-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Goodbye Jeanne and Tom, we will miss you. Georganna Hildebrand 2011-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Dennis gets his Blue Badge Georganna Hildebrand 2011-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
I guess Marie didn't draw the black marble! Marie Sikora 2011-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Teresa Landers

District Designated Funds (DDF) is money paid into the Foundation that comes back to us 3 years later. Each year we need to allocate our allotment to projects by the end of March. We choose to use ours for international projects so that the funds are matched by Rotary International.

At our next meeting, on February 23 at 11:15 am upstairs at Bruno's we will be discussing and deciding on the allocation of this year's $4,782

Please join us and help make this important decision.

- Teresa Landers

Important District Designated Funds info Teresa Landers 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand

Rosanna Herrerra and Georganna Hildebrand recently took part in the Laos Medical Project, a project sponsored by Rotary District 5220 and contributed to by several Silicon Valley area Rotary clubs.


The project, which was supervised by a team of medical professionals headed by Bob Pagett (Scotts Valley Rotary Club), president of Assist International, provided and installed much-needed specialized equipment to the maternity ward of the Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane, the capital of Laos.


A group of 12 accompanied the medical team, and in addition to participating in the Vientiane project, also helped with another project in conjunction with Feeding Dreams of Cambodia.


This project gave new Beanie Baby toys donated by a generous Bay area resident to approximately 200 children and provided funds for the local school in Ta Vien Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia –including construction of a bicycle shed now named for the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz.


In conjunction with these projects, the group toured throughout Southeast Asia, visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia; Hanoi and Halong Bay in Vietnam (including an overnight boat tour on the bay); and Luang Prabang in Laos.


Travel Advisors of Los Gatos was responsible for the group’s travel arrangements. Ed Stahl (Rotary Club of Los Gatos), founder and owner of Travel Advisors, is proud and happy to support Rotary efforts. Travel Advisors of Los Gatos is always there for your next Rotary project or booking personal travel.

Laos Medical Project Georganna Hildebrand 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand

Don’t miss the meeting on Monday!

We will all have fun planning our new Trivia Cup Challenge event. Our goal is to make this a fun event and get the community involved. In the process, make a little money to do good in the world. Everyone needs to participate to make this event successful. It does not require a lot of work from our members but there are several crucial things that need to happen. So come and join in the fun of planning this event. I have attached a flyer and a sign up sheet. If for some reason you cannot attend the meeting on Monday, please let us know which committee you will joint. Looking forward to a good time on Monday.

- Georgie

February 2nd: Club Assembly, Planning for Trivia Cup Challenge Georganna Hildebrand 0
Posted by Darren DeMonsi

Carrie received an award from Area Governor Jon Winston


Karen receiving an award from Carrie for her efforts with the Foundation


Award winning Rotarians Darren DeMonsi 0
Posted by Jimmie Brewer
 This Monday come and hear Rotarian Darren DeMonsi give us tips on fundraising.  Darren is responsible for fund raising for Families First.  FamiliesFirst does whatever it takes to help children in crisis and their families. They are recognized for innovative mental health treatment, foster care and social services that help families recover from trauma, abuse and addiction, and rebuild their lives. They fight for sustainable change and advocate for improvements in the local, state and federal systems that serve children in need. Darren will share his tips on his successful career as a fund raiser and tell us a little more about FamiliesFirst.  Don't miss this meeting with great information about how to be a more effective fund raiser.
This Monday's Speaker - Darren DeMonsi on Fund Raising Jimmie Brewer 0
Posted by Randy Klein
Board Members and other interested members please attend the Board Meeting this Friday at noon at he Tutoring Club on Mt Herman Drive in Scotts Valley.  Red Badge Members are especially encouraged to attend.
Board Meeting Friday January 13th at Tutoring Club Randy Klein 0
Dark this MOnday in observance of Martin Luther King Day Randy Klein 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand
 President Randy is half way through his year of service as President of the Scoots Valley Rotary.   He has been very successful in meeting his goal of focusing on youth.  In addition, the Club, under his direction, has continued with our many local and international projects and our membership continues to grow.  Below is a copy of Randy's report to the District.
President Randy's MId-Year Recap Georganna Hildebrand 0
Posted by Jimmie Brewer


Bruce A. McPherson (born January 7, 1944) is a California politician who was the 30th California Secretary of State, sworn in March 30, 2005. He was nominated to replace former Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, who resigned on March 4. McPherson, a Republican from Santa Cruz County, served his term as Secretary until January 8, 2007. He was confirmed unanimously by both Democratic-controlled houses of the California State Legislature after being nominated to replace Shelley, a Democrat, by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He lost his bid for a full term to Democrat Debra Bowen in November 2006.

Previously, McPherson was a State Assemblyman from 1993 to 1996 and a State Senator from 1996 to 2004, when he retired due to term limits. McPherson was defeated in the 2002 election for Lieutenant Governor of California by incumbent Cruz Bustamante. Prior to his political career, he worked as the editor of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, a newspaper owned by his family. He and his wife have a daughter, Tori Kistler. Their son, Hunter, was murdered in a 2001 San Francisco street robbery.


Monday's Program - Bruce McPherson, Former CaliforniaSecretary of State Jimmie Brewer 0
Click on the link below to see the latest District Newsletter Randy Klein 0
Posted by Pamela Comstock

 Santa Cruz Sentinel article dated January 2, 2012

We don't know if this is the lay away the Rotary Club paid off since it was a "Secret" Santa.

Posted: 01/02/2012 01:30:28 AM PST
Secret Santa comes to Scotts Valley Kmart
I want to say thank you so very much to the Secret Santa who went into Kmart in Scotts Valley and paid off my layaway. It is truly appreciated, and I will be paying it forward. I know mine wasn't the only one that was paid off. The story the Kmart Associate told me is that Secret Santa came in to Kmart with a large cash donation and paid off layaways with children's items on them. Again, thank you, Secret Santa!
Shelley Russo-Huxtable, Brookdale
Secret Santa was Appreciated Pamela Comstock 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand

Inspired by the national movement of Secret Santas, where people anonymously pay off lay away plans, Scotts Valley Rotarians wanted to help these people who are struggling to provide Christmas presents for their kids.  The idea of the Secret Santa is to find a family who is trying to buy their kids toys through a lay-away plan.  In this tough economy, many people are getting behind on their lay-away plans.  You ask the store if you can secretly pay off the balance on one of these delinquent accounts.  At our last meeting, Scotts Valley Rotarians took up a collection and Pamela marched down to K-Mart and found that someone had laid away some toys hoping to pay for them before Christmas.  They were behind on the payments and it looked like they would be unable to pay for the toys before Christmas.  With the money collected at the Rotary meeting, we were able to pay off the entire amount and K-Mart contacted the family to say a Secret Santa had paid for their toys. Once again, Scotts Valley Rotarians answer a call to action.


Merry Christmas!!

Scotts Valley Rotary plays Secret Santa Georganna Hildebrand 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.  Here is a special Rotary song written and performed (at the last meeting) by John Weiss.  It is sung to the tune of "Let it Snow."  John wanted to share this with all of the Scotts Valley Rotarians who missed the meeting.


Well the weather outside is not frightful

But Rotary is quite delightful

The lyrics to this song, I dont know

but Randy made is snow, made it snow, made it snow.


Well, Ron Sekkel is feeling blue

Yes its true, yes he's feeling really blue

Because James speeds at 102

And thru a stop sign yes he did blew!


Now my singing may be quite frightful

and silence perhaps more delightful

But would you rather hear Marc bellow

You're a loser!  See your red face glow!


So I'll wrap up this song for today

cause Captain Jack is starting to turn gray

So let me first close now and say

Have a very happy Rotary holiday!

Pictures from Christmas Party Cynthia Schuette 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand
On Sunday, December 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Scotts Valley Police Officers will be bagging groceries at the Scotts Valley Market (14 Victor Sq, Scotts Valley) and seeking donations for Special Olympics.  Scotts Valley Police are supporters of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics.

In Santa Cruz County there are more than one hundred Special Olympic athletes involved in fourteen different sports including alpine skiing, basketball, bowling, softball, snow boarding, swimming and  track and field events.  It is our goal to ensure there is adequate funding to support all the Santa Cruz County athletes for their  participation in Special Olympics, both locally and at traveling competitions such as Summer and Winter Games.

Come shop at the Scotts Valley Market where there will be great deals, good food, great baggers and other specials to include:

- Reserve Officers will be on site providing a free Child Print ID kit.  The kit creates a confidential record of their child’s personal and medical information, to keep at home for use in an emergency.  Bring you kids!


-A very special appearance by the 501st Golden Gate Garrison.
-Enter to win a bicycle and/or $100.00 gift card.
-Outdoor BBQ.
-Tasting and sampling stations including wine and cheese.
-Meet Special Olympics athletes from Santa Cruz County.


Modern Woodmen of America, a Fraternal Financial Organization, will be matching all funds raised up to $2,500.00.


Contact Lt. John Hohmann @ 440-5653 or Ronald Clements of Scotts Valley Market @ 438-4324 for additional information.

Support John Weiss and the Scotts Valley Police Department "Bagging for Bucks" Georganna Hildebrand 0
Come Celebrate Our Last Meeting of 2011 with Christmas Carols Jimmie Brewer 0
Posted by Jimmie Brewer
 Come enjoy a special holiday meeting where we are going to focus on getting to know some of our members better.  Several of the newer members will be telling us a little about themselves.  Some of the veterans are going to share their life story and some Rotary experiences.  Some times meetings are a little rushed with speakers and Rotary business.   This is a great way to relax slow down and learn more about your fellow Rotarians.
This Monday -"GETTING TO KNOW YOU" Jimmie Brewer 0
Posted by Patrizia Materassi
The sustainability Committee is hard at work and needs some help from volunteers.  Here is the list of events where we need two volunteers per event and we can make things happen. The volunteers are people I could count on for any help needed  to make the specific event happen.  

 Please choose at least one event and call me ASAP at 831 334 2383.  Thank you, Patrizia

Most improtantly, the Scotts Valley Rotary Club has been asked to prepare for two workshops at the District Wide Conference in Lake Tahoe.  We need Rotarians to step up and volunteer to help with this project.

       -- We are requested to repeat the 2 workshops in the afternoon of Saturday (June 1-3)

       -- This includes support for a 1) Sustainability 101 and 2) a Recycling workshop.  Would like Jack M. to lead the afternoon Recycling workshop if possible.  

       -- Mark Stone may potentially help to get a County person responsible for the recycling program do part of the talk.

Additionally, we need help with the following:

1.   Make our next fundraiser event green

        -- Includes a potential Ecology Action presentation at our Rotary Club  to learn from the experts; and setting up a basic budget for related activities a head of time. Our info could be presented at the District Conference and     used by other Clubs

 2.  Talk on Climate Change at the SVHS by an Al Gore team member - possibly March or April 2012

 3.  International Rotary Convention participation--Representative to go to International convention to participate in the booth with the Rotarians for the Environment Fellowship, in May 2012

 4.  Representative to go to Brazil for the UN International Conference on Sustainable Development in June 22, 2012

 These are events we could put the Scotts Valley Rotary Club and our little committee on the map and help people and the planet.   But I need you to volunteer to help in at least one event.  Please choose at least one and call me.  Thank you very much.


Scotts Valley to present at District Conference in Tahoe Patrizia Materassi 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand
 Once again Scotts Valley Rotarians have shown that they know how to have a good time.  Almost 50 people attended our annual Christmas Party at the home of Ron And Cindy Sekkel.  Included in the mix where District Dignitaries,  past District Governors Russ Hobbs, Gary City, Roger Hassler and our very own Ron Sekkel.  Also, current District Governor Arley Marley III, District Governor Elect Joe Hamilton and District Governor Designee Angie Hassler.  Quite a string of governors!   All of the governors were partying with the best of us.  The food was amazing.  Everyone did their selves proud with brings delectable morsels for our buffet.  And the White Elephant Gift Exchange was loads of fun.  We saw some amazing partnerships between husbands and wives as they plotted to get the gifts the wives really wanted.  This happened not once, but three times.  Governor Arley was very confused by his gift, so I was happy to rip it away from him.  It was great to see a lot of our new members at the party.  Many, many thanks to Ron and Cindy for all of their hard work.  It was fabulous party!!
Holiday Party a Great Success Georganna Hildebrand 0
THIS MONDAY - iPads in the Classroom - a Live Demonstration Jimmie Brewer 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand

 No meeting on Monday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The following Monday is our Holiday Pary at the Sekkels so no noon time meeting. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Dark on Monday, November 21 Georganna Hildebrand 0
Posted by Randy Klein
 This coming Saturday at the Hilton (6PM) is the Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.. Our High School and Middle School Interactors are receiving an award for their tree planting project at the High School.


Interactors to receive award from Chamber of Commerce Randy Klein 0
Monday's Speaker - Save our Shores Jack Marden 0
Posted by Randy Klein
 President Randy invites everyone to the Board Meeting at noon Friday at the Tutoring Club.  This is a great way to learn more about our club and find opportunities to get involved.
Board Meeting Friday Nov 11 at Tutoring Club Randy Klein 0
Posted by Ronald Sekkel
 President Randy Klein and his committee invites the members with their partners to join in the FUN of The S V Rotary Club's Annual Potluck & White Elephant Gift Exchange!!   Put on your Holiday brooches & Santa or Elf caps.  The dress code is casual. 

The date is Monday, November 28th, 2011. Arrival time is 5:30 PM and Dinner begins at 6:00 PM. The fact that this date is the Monday immediately following Thanksgiving is an opportunity for all that delicious leftover food from Thanksgiving can be offered again... perhaps in a new creation? We'll look forward to tasty dishes!

 Each Rotarian should sign up to bring a potluck item.  The potluck signup sheet is circulating at the Club meetings. The item you bring should serve 15 - 20 people.

The "White Elephant Gift" should be at least $10 value and EACH guest should bring ONE to exchange. 

 Ron & Cindy Sekkel look forward once again to welcome the club to their home to enjoy fellowship & laughter. The address is  9855 Brookside Ave, Ben Lomond, CA.  ( You can use GoogleMaps or Mapquest to find it.)  The phone number at our house is (831) 336-5432.

The more the merrier! Plan to be there!


Rotarily Yours

Cindy & Ron Sekkel

Annual Holdiay Party Ronald Sekkel 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand

 The international service committee has prepared donation boxes to try to collect money to support the vitims of the earthquake in Turkey.  Plan to take a donation box on Monday and place in locations to collect donations.  The funds will be sent directly to the Rotary Club in Turkey to assist those in need.


Help the Victims of the Earthquake in Turkey Georganna Hildebrand 0
Posted by Randy Klein



Come and see our new library including the Rotary Teen Wall and announcement video screen.  The library is the old skate rink at 251 Kings Village Road in Scotts Valley.

Posted by Randy Klein


James Fernandez inducted!!          


Fire Chief Mike talks about fire safety 




             Music in the Park

PICTURES ! ! ! ! Randy Klein 0
Posted by Jack Marden
 Once again our Scotts Valley High School Interactors are out doing good works.  This time they are collecting canned food for the Second Harvest Food Bank this Sunday.  They will be trick or treating for canned goods from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday.  WAY TO GO INTERACTORS!!
Interactors to Trick or Treat for canned goods Jack Marden 0
Posted by Jimmie Brewer
 Scotts Valley Fire Chief and fellow Scotts Valley Rotarian, Mike McMurry,  will be giving us a presentation on Fire Safety.
Mike McMurry on Fire Safety Jimmie Brewer 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand

 Helping Hands informed us that the Gonzales family was in desperate need of some help.  This Felton senior's home was literally falling apart and it was unlikely that it would be livable through the winter.  Rotarian Mike McMurry answered the call and organzied a work party for this Saturday to shore up the house and cover the roof.  These temporary repairs will make the house livable through the winter and allow the Gonzales family to stay in their home.  Thanks Rotary!!



Rotarians in Action Georganna Hildebrand 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand
 Four Rotarians are one step closer to receiving their Blue Badge.  Jim and Marie Sikora, Charlene McIntyre and Teresa Landers came to the Red Badge Social held at the Sikora's home to learn more about Rotary and fulfill one of the Blue Badge requirements.  Jimmy Brewer gave a history of the Scotts Valley Rotary, Ron Sekkel talked about Rotary's structure and Georgie Hildebrand talked about the financial commitments that Rotarians make.  It was a great evening of fun, food, wine and education.
Red Badge Social a Huge Success Georganna Hildebrand 0
Posted by Randy Klein
Our Partner in Service Miroslav Bakovic from the Rotary Club of Santiago (Chile). gave a wonderful presentation about his club's work in Chile.  He presented Randy with a flag from his club.  Miroslav joined Rotary in 1978 and was President of his Club in 2006-7.  He was District Governor in 2010-2011.  He sponsored and executed various Rotarian projects in education, health care, and social development.  He is a Civil Industrial Engineer and Certified Public Accountant and was Managing Partner of Ernst & Young in Chile until his retirement in 2003.  He is currently President of Manpower de Chile which works with human resources and training.

  Partners in Sevice

Partners in Service Randy Klein 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand

 You can still register for Avenues of Service.  So far we have 13 Rotarians going to this fun and informative event.  It is next Thursday, Oct. 20th.  Contact Georgie if you would like to attend.  So far we have the following registered:

Jimmie Brewer

Dennis Culp

RJ Escobar

Georganna Hildebrand

Randy Klein

Teresa Landers

John McCombs

Charlene McIntyre

Cheryl Rebottaro

Ron Sekkel

Jim Sikora

Maria Sikora

Rob Slawinski


It's not to late to register for Avenues of Service Georganna Hildebrand 0
Posted by Marc Winquist
 Support our local library by attended the Third Annual Fundraiser for the Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 7 PM to 10 PM.  Admission is $50 (adults only).  Interactive entertainment will be prvided by Janet A Rudolph's Murder on the Menu.  All proceeds will benefit the Library's new back patio.   Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley.  For more information click on this link:  FSVPL
You are invited to "Murder in the Library" Marc Winquist 0
Posted by Randy Klein
 All Board members are requested to attend our monthly board meeting.  Friday, Oct 14 at the Tutoring Club at noon.  All members are welcome to attend.
Board Meeting Friday, Oct 14 at noon Randy Klein 0
Posted by Randy Klein
Welcome back next Monday after our Oktoberfest rest day this Monday.  After such a successful event, it is great to get back together.  Come and hear Judge Denine J Guy talk about the issues around our Children at Risk.  Judge Guy has been working tirelessly to find ways to help at risk children.  Come and hear about her fantastic programs.
Judge Denine J. Guy speaks on Monday Randy Klein 0
Posted by Randy Klein
I want to thank every Scotts Valley Rotarian for helping to make this year's Oktoberfest a most enjoyable and successful event.
The list of positives is long and notable:
Oktoberfest in Retrospect Randy Klein 0
President Randy's speech from Oktoberfest Randy Klein 0
Posted by Georganna Hildebrand
 Rotarians and their guests will need a little rest after our